Zoom on the spiced wine Hypocras, of Silvère Vivien
But... what is a Hypocras ?
A garnet red color, a wine base with honey and selected herbs, a Hypocras is a spiced wine that first appeared under this name around the 13th century. At this time, the city of Montpellier was renowned for the trade in a spicy wine quite similar to the one cited by Apicius in his famous Treaty.
A unique bouquet in the mouth
In Silvère Vivien's recipe, the carefully chosen spices are macerated for several days at Christophe Pellier's, in Blauzac, then filtered, before finally becoming part of this spicy wine.
If ginger or cinnamon are usually present in the traditional composition of the hypocras, we also find cardamom, pepper, which brings a certain spiciness, and reminds us of its former name of piment (chilli pepper).
A skilful blend of syrah, grenache and mourvèdre
With its 14%, Silvère Vivien's Hypocras is worth discovering.
A skilful blend of syrah, grenache and mourvèdre, this spiced wine AOP Duché d'Uzès, powerful in the mouth, deliciously peppery, can be enjoyed chilled during the day, as an aperitif, or in cooking where it goes well with both salted and sweet dishes: why don't you try it for a marinade in particular ? We are also thinking, of course, of pears in wine or a chocolate fondant (and... in chocolate truffles?). A true delicacy!
Did you know that?
-The Roman gastronome Apicius (25 BC/37 AD) wrote the famous treaty that bears his name, consisting of 10 books, each with its own speciality (vegetables, meat, fish, sauces, fruit, etc).
"Mourvèdre is a Spanish grape variety. It arrived in France in the 16th century and is grown on under 10,000 hectares, in Languedoc-Roussillon, the Rhône Valley and Provence. Often used in the grape varieties of several AOCs, it can be combined with other grape varieties such as carignan, grenache, syrah and cinsault to bring more complexity to the wines" (avis-vin.lefigaro.fr/).
The right address: Epices & Bon, 3 avenue Jean Jaurès, Uzès.