Honey wines, better known as meads, are made cold to preserve all the compounds and flavours of honey. Served cold, these local products are a refreshing introduction to another facet of the Quebec terroir.
Under their elegant and unctuous bubbles, these honey wines present a rather light, fresh and well-balanced profile where shine accents of honey, citrus and flowers.
DRY OR SEMI-SWEET
Generally, these honey wines have a medium aromatic profile with light and refreshing flavours. The honey notes are marked and married to other subtle aromas of fruits or flowers. They are graced with a balance similar to white wines.
SWEET HONEY WINE
This type of mead is often more powerful than semi-sweet meads. Aromatic and marked by notes of honey and flowers, it reveals a medium-bodied mouthfeel with once again well-felt notes of honey.
The profile of these meads is directly influenced by the fruits added during fermentation. Some of the most popular choices are raspberry, blueberry, cherry and cranberry.
SWEET OR FORTIFIED
Powerful, enveloping and graced with lovely aromatic persistence, these meads are enriched with scents of preserved fruit, dried fruit and caramel with sometimes woody nuances.
What about pairings?
Sparkling honey wines are a good way the start the evening with some salty bites. Dry or semi-sweet meads are complementary to seafood, fried fish, white meats and fresh cheeses. Sweet honey wines can highlight duck à l’orange, pineapple ham or a Hawaiian pizza. Keep the fortified ones for honey-based desserts, strong cheeses (blue, aged cheddar, etc.) or as a night cap.
Honey, an essential ingredient in the production of honey wine, is rich in tradition. Over time, several nations have attributed remarkable powers to it. Today, Quebec artisans have kept most of this heritage to offer a range of delicious honey-based products.