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Marchand de Vin: Red Wine Reduction Sauce


Marchand de vin sauce

Marchand de vin sauce.

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Marchand de Vin: Red Wine Reduction Sauce

The Marchand de Vin (French for "wine merchant") Sauce is the classic red wine reduction sauce. It's made by reducing red wine and chopped shallots and then simmering in a basic demi-glace. The Marchand de Vin sauce is delicious served with roasts and steaks.

Also see: The Mother Sauces

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 quart demi-glace
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the wine and shallots. Heat until the liquid boils, lower the heat a bit and continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by three-fourths.

  2. Add the demi-glace, then lower heat to a simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes.

  3. Strain through a mesh strainer, season to taste with Kosher salt and black pepper. Serve right away.
Makes about 1 quart of Marchand de Vin Sauce.
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