Thursday, July 30, 2015

Domaine Brocard in Chablis: Lunch, Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Lunch at Domaine Brocard in Cahblis with with Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave

Following an exciting visit of Domaine Séguinot-Bordet in the North of Chablis, we drove all the way through the Chablis Region to the South of Chablis to have lunch at another highly-regarded Chablis producers: Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard. After lunch, we had a cellar tour and a tasting. Alexis Madelin was our guide. The special wines at the lunch were introduced by Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave. We were also greated by Sebastian Gay from the Brocard family.

Pictures: From Domaine Séguinot-Bordet to Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, via the Grand Cru Vineyards of Chablis

Chablis

Chablis is part of the Bourgogne wine region, but wines from Chablis are usually referred to by their own name. Chablis is up in the north, a separate wine region.

Burgundy is the most terroir-oriented region in France. Immense attention is paid to the area of origin, as opposed to Bordeaux, where classifications are producer-driven and awarded to individual chateaux. In Burgundy, a specific vineyard or region will bear a given classification, regardless of the wine producer.

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Etienne Verdier of Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard at B Too in Washington DC

The main levels in the Chablis classifications, in descending order of quality, are:

(1) At the top of the classification are the Grand Cru vineyards, which are all located on a single hillside near the town of Chablis. The Grand Cru vineyards cover a 106 hectare area, made up of 7 “Climats” (Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur and Vaudersir) and account for around 3% of Chablis’ production.

(2) Second in quality are the Premier Cru vineyards, covering an area of 750 hectares, gathered together into 40 “Climats”.

(3) Next is the generic AOC Chablis, the largest appellation.

(4) At the lowest end of the classification is Petit Chablis, which comprises the outlying land.

Chablis wines are almost all Chardonnay, bone-dry and fresh, with good acidity. Compared with the whites from the rest of Burgundy, Chablis tends to have much less influence of oak. Typically, Chablis is completely unoaked, vinified in stainless steel tanks, although many Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines receive some maturation in oak barrels. But aging time in the barrel and the share of new wood tends to be much smaller than for white wines of the Cote d’Or.

Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard

Jean-Marc Brocard was born in the small village of Chaudenay-le-Château in the Côte d'Or of the Bourgogne. Jean-Marc's father was a farmer, without any connection to wine. Jean-Marc’s marriage to his childhood sweetheart Claudine - the daughter of Emile Petit, a vigneron from the village of St-Bris-le-Vineux, a little town in Chablis, the most northerly wine-growing area of the Bourgogne, led him to wine. As a wedding present to the young couple, Emile bestowed upon them one hectare of vines near the Church of Sainte Clair, and in 1972 Domaine Brocard was born.

Starting with 1 hectare of vines, Jean-Marc Brocards has created an estate of some 180 hectares vineyards in Chablis and elsewhere in the Bourgogne.

Pictures: Cellar Tour of Domaine Jean Marc Brocard

In the beginning, Jean-Marc spent countless hours with the old vignerons of Chablis in an effort to master his new craft, and to learn the nuances of the vine. In particular, Jean-Marc acknowledges a considerable debt to one of the old vignerons of St-Cyr les Colons, a man named Louis Petit, who despite the name is unrelated to his father-in-law. The oldest vines of the Domaine Sainte Claire came from Louis Petit and it was he who gave to Jean-Marc the sense of tradition and a respect for nature, showing him that you can still maintain the old traditions, while practicing modern methods.

In 1996, Julien Brocard joined his father with the firm idea to convert to organic and biodynamic farming. La Boissonneuse vineyard was converted to Biodynamie in 1997 and ‘Vielles Vignes’ in 2001. Nowadays, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard is run by the ‘Father-Son’ team Jean-Marc and Julien.

The Terroir

Situated near Auxerre in the valley of the Serein River, Chablis is one of France’s oldest wine growing regions. Prized by French kings and always found on the best tables in the 19th century, Chablis wines were considered prestigious.

Chablis wines take their famous mineral and fresh character from the vine’s roots which dig deep into the Kimméridgien limestone. This unique soil condition - chalk, limestone and fossilized oyster shells – is named for a stage of the late Jurassic period some 150 million years ago. The glacier forced to the surface an ancient sea floor from the Kimmeridgian era that had long been covered by soil and rock. This unique soil is what has made Burgundy the world famous wine region that it is today.

Pictures: Explaining the Terroir of the Bourgogne and Chablis, with Alexis Madelin

Jean-Marc Brocard: "The truth of wine lies in the soil where it has grown. The technique is an important factor in the wine growing, but it is only an aid, the wine is essentially the product of its soil." also " The soil of Chablis is exceptional and cannot be found anywhere in the world ; therefore I am a hard believer of the future of Chablis even for the next Millennium."

In reference to the lack of chemicals in the vineyard, Jean Marc says: "Our policy is to encourage the natural auto-immune system of the vine. Ploughing replaces herbicides and a good dose of well-rotted cow manure encourages the natural microbial activity of the soil."

This is not to say that Jean-Marc is afraid of technology or modernization, as he was the first winemaker in Chablis to use mechanical harvesting as a means to bring the fruit into the winery as fast as possible to preserve their fresh qualities.

Picture:  Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave, Explaining the Wines

Picture: The Lunch Wines

Picture: Salad of Smoked Duck Breast with Roquefort Sauce

Picture: Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave, Pouring

Picture: Ham in Chablis Sauce with Basmati Rice

Picture: Cheese Plate

Picture: Fondant of Chocolate with Bourbon Vanilla Sauce

Picture: View from the Dining Room

Picture: View from the Dining Room

Vigneron and Negociant

Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard is also a negociant. In 1980 a sparkling new winery was built near the little church of Sainte Claire and since then only the most cutting edge of technologies have been implemented in the facility. Total production is 4,000,000 bottles a year. The company exports 60% of its produce mainly to the UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Japan and the USA.

Pictures: Tasting at Domaine Jean Marc Brocard with Alexis Madelin

The Wines we Tasted

Lunch

2004 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Magnum
2001 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Magnum
2013 Jean Marc Brocard Irancy Les Mazelots Magnum

Wine Tasting

2014 Jean Marc Brocard Petit Chablis
2013 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire
2014 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Les Vieilles Vignes
2013 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru Veau de Vey
2011 Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Bye-Bye

Thanks for a great lunch, tasting and tour.


Postings on the Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France (Posted and Forthcoming)

Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

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Domaine Séguinot-Bordet in Maligny, Chablis: Tour and Tasting with Owner and Winemaker Jean-François Bordet – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Domaine Brocard in Chablis: Lunch, Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Odile Van Der Moere, Responsable de Cave – Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Dinner at Hostellerie Chateau de la Barge in Creches-sur-Saone

Domaine Ferret in Fuissé, Poully-Fuissé, Mâconnais: Vineyard Walk, Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Cyril Laumain, Chef de Cave

Lunch at Hostellerie d'Heloise in Cluny

Domaine Theulot Juillot in Mercurey, Côte Chalonnaise: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Nathalie and Jean-Claude Theulot

Maison Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet: Vineyard Walk Cellar Tour and Lunch with Wine Tasting at Restaurant La Table d’Olivier Leflaive with Patrick Leflaive

Wine Tasting at Domaine Mestre Père & Fils in Santenay with Jonathan Maestre

Visit: Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils in Beaune

Schiller's Favorite Wine Bars in Beaune, Bourgogne

Visit: Musée de l’Hospice de Beaune with Karoline Knoth, M.A.

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Visit: Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune

Domaine Faiveley in Nuits-Saint-George: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Mathilde Nicolas (Brand Ambassador)

Wine Tasting at Domaine du Château de Prémeaux in Nuits Saint Georges with Owner and Winemaker Arnaud Pelletier 

Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion in Vosne-Romanée: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Bernard Rion and  Alice Rion

Domaine Guillon & Fils in Gevrey Chambertin: Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting with Jean-Michel Guillon

Visit: Château du Clos de Vougeot

schiller-wine: Related Postings (Chablis)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Invitation: Annual Riesling Party at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC, USA

Picture: Christian and Annette Schiller at Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction 2015 in Washington DC

Dear wine friends,

some of you already asked: when is the Riesling party this year.

Here it is:

You are invited to join us for the 

RIESLING PARTY 
Saturday, August 08
5 PM - 10 PM

Entrance Fee: one bottle of Riesling per person. However if you are not such a fan of Riesling, feel free to bring a Pinot-Noir.

We will contribute some nice German Rieslings as well as a German Pinot-Noir and to quench the appetite while tasting all those wines: a selection of cheeses, cold cuts, German sausages, German potato salad, and bread.

We are very much looking forward to having you at our house (please send a RSVP mail and in return we will mail you our address) to taste and discuss all those wines and to have lots of laughter and fun.

CHEERS
Annette & Christian
PS: to wet your appetite for some great German wines, here is the story of the first Germany wine tour in 2015 which took place in June: http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2015/07/germany-east-wine-and-art-tour-by.html

Annette Schiller, Diplom-Volkswirt
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Previous Riesling Parties

Riesling Summer at the Schiller Residence in Washington DC (2014), USA

Summer of Riesling with Annette and Christian Schiller in Washington DC (2014), USA

Picture: Annette Schiller, German Wine Princess Sabine Wagner and Christian Schiller at the Riesling Party 2014

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2015

Fall Tours by ombiasy WineTours 2015 - A Very Special Treat: Experience Harvest Time !

4 Wine Tours by ombiasy coming up in 2015: Germany-East, Germany-South. Germany-Nord and Bordeaux

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Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France

2014

Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

2013

Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy

German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy, 2013

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weingut Thürkind in Gröst, Saale-Unstrut: Tour, Tasting and Lunch – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: At Weingut Thürkind, Saale Unstrut Region in the former GDR: The 20th Anniversary Memorial Barrel (1991-2011)

The first wine region we visited on the Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015) was the Saale-Unstrut Region. There, we visited 3 wineries: Weingut Lützkendorf, Weingut Bernhard Pawis and Weingut Thürkind. The former 2 are heavy-weights; these are the only 2 members of the VDP, the association of about 200 German elite winemakers, in the Saale-Unstrut Region.

Pictures: Driving from Weingut Pawis to Weingut Thürkind in the Saale Unstrut Region

We finished our visit of the Saale Unstrut Region with Weingut Thürkind. It is an up and coming wine producer, but plays in a different league than the other 2 producers.

The Saale-Unstrut wine region sits on 51st latitude and is Germany’s northernmost wine region, located in the valleys of the Saale and Unstrut rivers, an area of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). The oldest record of viticulture dates back to the year 998 during the reign of Emperor Otto III.

Pictures: Arriving at Weingut Thürkind

Weingut Thürkind

Weingut Thürkind was founded shortly after reunification (in 1991) when the Government returned land to Rudolf and Birgit Thürkind which had been nationalized during the communist era. The land included 1.8 hectares of vineyards.

Pictures: Cellar Tour and Barrel Tasting at Weingut Thürkind

During the GDR times, Rudolf Thürkind used to work as cellar master in the cooperative in Freyburg. Winemaker colleagues of the wine regions in the western part of Germany encouraged the Thürkinds to produce and bottle their own wine and not to deliver the grapes to the cooperative in Freyburg. And they assisted the Thürkinds through the provision of inexpensive machines. Rudolf Thürkind produced a bit more than 1000 cases from the first vintage.

Today, more than twenty years later, the Thürkind family owns 15 acres of vineyards in very favorable sites and developed the old farm into into a beautiful estate, making excellent wines, including gorgeous Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.


Pictures: At Weingut Thürkind on a Previous Visit

See also:
Preview: Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Since 2005, Weingut Thürkind also offers rooms for people who are interested to spend their vacation at a winery.

Son Mario Thürkind is now at the helm of the estate, with his wife Anje. They have 2 children. Mario Thürkind did an apprenticeship at Weingut Ernst, one of the winemakers that helped the Thürkinds so much when they started their business after reunification.

The vineyard area has grown to 12 hectares. In addition, Mario Thürkind buys grapes amounting to 6 hectares. The main grape varieties are: Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Kerner, Weißburgunder and Grauburgunder as well as Blauer Portugieser and Zweigelt.

Lunch and Wine Tasting

Pictures: Lunch and Tasting

2014 Weingut Thürkind Müller Thurgau
2014 Weingut Thürkind Weisburgunder
2014 Weingut Thürkind Gutedel
2014 Weingut Thürkind Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Weingut Thürkind Riesling
2013 Weingut Thürkind Freyburger Edelacker Weissburgunder Spätlese trocken
2012 Gröster Steinberg Blauer Zweigelt

Bye-bye

Thanks for a lovely lunch with tasting and cellar tour. We loved the home-made potato salad.

Picture: Bye-bye

Postings: Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015) (Published and Forthcoming) 

Preview: Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

The Art Marketer: OMBIASY PR & WINE TOURS - Germany-East

Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

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Weingut Pawis (Saale Unstrut): Estate Tour and Wine Tasting with Markus Pawis – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Weingut Thürkind in Gröst, Saale-Unstrut: Tour, Tasting and Lunch – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Schiller's Favorite Winemakers in the Saale Unstrut Region

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Dinner with Georg Prinz zur Lippe at Weingut Schloss Proschwitz in Sachsen

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