Neuhaus’ Maîtres Chocolatiers created six new chocolates that are combining flavor, texture and intensity of cocoa with wine types.
Each praline has its glass of wine: the Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus presented at TFWA-WE 2019 in Cannes, his Wine & Pralines chocolates. Like chocolate, wine is the product of a terroir and know-how. This marvelous companion for pralines has led Neuhaus’ Maîtres Chocolatiers to invent six multi-layered chocolates, each designed to be savored with a specific wine for an explosion of intense emotions.
Internationally renowned sommeliers
In collaboration with sommeliers from the Belgian Gault & Millau team, like sommelier Sepideh Sedaghatnia, the Neuhaus Maîtres Chocolatiers created six new chocolates with superbly balanced cocoa flavors, textures and intensities. Flavored with noble and pure ingredients such as Earl Gray tea, saffron, cardamom and acacia honey, these chocolates are the perfect companion for certain types of wine. Pralines and wines have complex taste profiles and, cleverly associated, they complement each other harmoniously, one enhancing the nuances of flavors of the other.
Almond blossomed with olive oil
Sommelier Almonds: a praliné with a rich and full flavor of almond blossomed with Italian olive oil and enhanced with a pinch of sea salt, with a cocoa flavor on the finish. A praline that harmonizes beautifully with wines with pronounced aromas, white wines with aromas of green fruits, citrus fruits, exotic fruits and stone fruits such as peach and apricot. With hints of vanilla, brioche and cream.
Spicy nut flavor and hints of honey
Sommelier Honey: a tenderly crunchy hazelnut praliné, flavored with cardamom and acacia honey, topped with a refined milk chocolate. This spicy nut-flavored praline, with hints of honey, goes perfectly with light and floral wines: white wines with exotic fruit aromas, citrus fruits and green fruits such as pear and apple. With hints of flowers, such as elderflower, chamomile and honeysuckle, and spices such as ginger and fennel.
Intense flavor of seeds
Sommelier Grains: an almond praline with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coated with Dulcey chocolate powder and paprika. Its intense flavor of crispy almond followed by the intense flavor of the seeds goes along well with dry white wines and macerated white wines, with more earthy aromatic notes, salty spices and more exotic fruits. A tasty wine brings out the sweetness of chocolate, in delicate balance to the robustness of the seediness of the praline.
Spicy and slightly bitter praline
Sommelier Earl Gray: a slightly spicy ganache on a basis of Earl Gray tea, with mango purée and a touch of acacia honey. This spicy and slightly bitter praline with hints of tea, mango and berries perfectly matches a powerful and intense wine: red wines with aromas of dried fruits, plums, licorice and pepper. With notes of chocolate, vanilla and clove and hints of fig.
Spices, fruits and intense cocoa taste
Sommelier Cherry: a ganache with a strong taste, based on chocolate from Costa Rica (64% cocoa) and cherries, filled with white chocolate and blackcurrant cocoa butter. This spicy and fruity praline with intense cocoa and cherry flavor in the finish will be accompanied by round and smoked wines. Red wines with aromas of black fruits, licorice, violet and dried fruits like figs and plums. With notes of vanilla, clove and nutmeg and hints of fig.
Freshness and power
Sommelier Saffron: a delicate layer of white chocolate covers a round and powerful ganache, based on chocolate from Colombian origin (70% cocoa), embellished with blackberries, aromatic saffron, spicy and rosemary honey. This fresh and powerful praline, with hints of blackberries, saffron, white chocolate, goes perfectly with light and fruity red wines: wines with aromas of red berries such as strawberries, raspberries and currants and with hints of flowers, herbs and pepper.
The Wine Pairing Box contains 24 chocolates to enjoy with a glass of wine.