Thursday, April 27, 2017

Robert Weil Goes Burgundy - A New Line of Wines: Weinhaus Robert Weil Junior, Chardonnay and Pinot Unique

Picture: Christian Schiller with a Robert Weil Riesling and a Robert Weil Junior Chardonnay classique

Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil in Kiedrich is the #1 estate in the Rheingau and one the best in Germany. Weingut Robert Weil only makes Riesling wines, ranging from entry-level dry wines to ultra-premium Grosse Gewächs wines and world class noble-sweet Riesling wines. The grapes are grown around the historic and very impressive Robert Weil estate, in the Gräfenberg and other vineyards. Weingut Robert Weil is strong in the domestic market but also available around the world. Arguably, Weingut Robert Weil Riesling has become a flagship wine of Germany over the past decades.

Wilhelm Weil, the 53 year old Great-grandson of the founder, General Manager and Owner (jointly with the Japanese Suntory beverage group since 1988) of Weingut Robert Weil, recently embarked on a new venture. He enlarged the Weil Rheingau/ Riesling portfolio with entry-level Chardonnay and Pinot wines (Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) from Rheinhessen. These wines are sold under the Weil Junior name. The production is handled by Weinhaus Robert Weil, a newly founded, completely independent company, with an identical ownership structure as Weingut Robert Weil.

Pictures: Weingut Robert Weil Riesling and Weinhaus Robert Weil Junior Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder and Chardonnay

In March 2017 , the Robert Weil Junior Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder and Chardonnay wines started to become available on the shelves. In September, a Weil Junior Spätburgunder will be added. The wines are from the year 2016. The wines are exclusively sold through the EDEKA chain during the first 2 years. They are offered for Euro 7.99 per bottle and are thus about five euros under the price of the entry-level Riesling from Weingut Robert Weil. I want high quality coupled with good market presence and reasonable prices for my Robert Weil Junior wines said Wilhelm Weil.

While Weingut Robert Weil’s Riesling wines from the Rheingau can be pricey and are mainly sold to restaurants, private customers and specialized retail wine stores, never via supermarkt chains, Weinhaus Robert Weil's Burgundy wines from Rheinhessen are sold exclusively via a supermarkt chain initially. This may change over time. Eventually, Wilhelm Weil is also eyeing the internal markets with his Weil Junior wines.

Wilhelm Weil compared his enlarged portfolio with that of car producer BMW. The world class car producer's portfolio includes high-end modells (corresponding to the Weingut Robert Weil Riesling wines) but also the low-end Mini (corresponding to the Weinhaus Robert Weil Junior wines). From a different angle, Robert Weil's overall portfolio now includes not only Right Bank (Rheingau) wines but also wines from the Left Bank (Rheinhessen), as Wilhelm Weil put it.

Pictures: Robert Weil junior wines at an EDEKA Store in Frankfurt, Germany

With the establishment of a “Weinhaus” using the domestic and international reputation of the Robert Weil name, Wilhelm Weil follows into the footsteps of others who have gone this route before. The Dr. L wine of Ernst Loosen of the famous Mosel Weingut Dr. Ernst Loosen is perhaps the best example of how this concept works.

Wilhelm Weil works with around 20 contract growers in Rheinhessen, who are paid for in a quality-oriented way and who are given clear guidelines for the respective work steps in the vineyard. The total vineyard area is 40 hectares and the annual production is 8000 cases.

The grapes are processed by Adam Trautwein in Lonsheim. Trautwein produces 60 million liters of wine annually. The Weil Junior wines will be bottled by WIV Wein International in Burg Layen. The Rheinberg Kellerei in Bingen will be resoponsible for the distribution to the EDEKA stores.

Picture: EDEKA center

The magazine "Weinwirtschaft" calls the step of Wilhelm Weil the "most exciting new project in the German wine industry of the past few years".

I guess it will take some time before we see the Weil Junior also in the US and other export markets. Loosen Bros. is currently the US importer of Weingut Robert Weil wines

Weingut Robert Weil

Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil in Kiedrich is the Rheingau’s #1 estate and one of Germany’s best. Four generations and over a century ago Dr. Robert Weil, who was a Professor of German at the Sorbonne, was forced to leave Paris because of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/1871). He subsequently joined his brother August in Kiedrich in the Rheingau and established the Robert Weil winery.

Pictures: Christian and Annette Schiller with Wilhelm Weil at Weingut Robert Weil in Kiedrich

Dr. Robert Weil purchased his first vineyards in Kiedrich and moved there in 1875, when he bought the estate manor from the heirs of Sir John Sutton, an English baronet. A man of vision, he built up the estate by purchasing 2 local wine estates and the vineyards of Count von Fürstenberg. Contacts throughout the world and the production of great wines brought rapid growth to the Weingut Robert Weil.

Picture: Christian Schiller and Wilhelm Weil. Visiting Wilhelm Weil at his Weingut Robert Weil in Kiedrich, Germany and Tasting with Wilhelm Weil the 2010 Weingut Weil Wines in Kiedrich, Germany

Today, Weingut Robert Weil is managed by Wilhelm Weil, who owns the winery jointly with Suntory from Japan. With 75 hectares under vine, it is one of the largest estates in the Rheingau. The historical manor house, the ultra-modern cellars and the vinothek stand side by side in a beautiful park – the same synthesis of old and new that is reflected in the estate’s philosophy of winemaking.

In 1988, the estate was sold by Robert Weil to the Japanese beverage group Suntory, and his son Wilhelm appointed as estate director.

Pictures: At Weingut Robert Weil with Jan Christensen. See: Kiedrich: Visit of the Basilica of Saint Valentine and of Weingut Robert Weil - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

The vineyards are planted 100% with Riesling. The estate’s dedication to Riesling since 1875 has led numerous observers of the international wine world to regard Weingut Robert Weil as a worldwide symbol of German Riesling culture. A Riesling wine of the 1893 vintage, grown on the Gräfenberg site, made the estate famous. The imperial Habsburg court in Vienna purchased 800 bottles of this wine at a price of 16 gold Marks per bottle in 1900. The 1920 vintage of the Kiedricher Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese is described as a Zeppelin wine, as it was served on board the LZ 127 „Graf Zeppelin” dirigible on its circumnavigation of the world in 1929. Robert Weil’s top botrytis wines are sold today at extremely high prices - they are among the most expensive in the world. The current world record (in 2006) is held by a 1999 Weil Trockenbeerenauslese, at DM 5.000 (EUR 2500).

Picture: Annette Schiller, Wilhelm Weil, Ernst Loosen and Christian Schiller. See: Rheingau Riesling Gala 2013 at Kloster Eberbach, Germany

Weingut Robert Weil’s top vineyards all belong to the group of the highlying sites of the Rheingau: Kiedricher Klosterberg, Kiedricher Turmberg and Kiedricher Gräfenberg. Inclination (up to 60 %), exposure (southwest) and the ability of the barren stony soils to absorb heat are the factors that make for three perfect Riesling sites. These conditions, as well as ideal circulation, enable the grapes to remain on the vine for a long time, ripening well into November.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wine Bar Hopping in New York: On the Heels of Stuart Pigott

Picture: Bar Hopping in NYC (Stuart Pigott in Der Feinschmecker März 2017)

A few years ago, hitherto Berlin-based wine journalist Stuart Pigott started to spend a lot of time in New York City in the US. Most recently, he lived in an appartment in trendy Williamsburg. That appartment, however, he has given up and he appears to be back in Germany in the Frankfurt area. Recently, he wrote an article for the Der Feinschmecker which describes one of his last days in New York before returning to Europe. This included 4 wine bars.

Pictures: New York City

When Annette and I were in New York City earlier this year, for the annual UGC Bordeaux tasting and Stephen Bitterolf's Rieslingfeier, we went on the heels of Stuart and checked out his recommendations. In fact, as the Rieslingfeier Gala Dinner was at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, we stayed for the Rieslingfeier in a hotel in Williamsburg, not so far away from 2 of his 3 wine bar recommendations.

Picture: Der Feinschmecker März 2017 (Heft 3) with Stuart Pigott's New York Article

Stuart Pigott wrote me: Der Bericht beschreibt einer meine (letzte) Tage in Nee York. Zuerst gehe ich auf dem Green Market Union Square, dann Kaffee in Kava auf der Washington Street (gegenüber der Südspitze von High Line. Dann ging es ins Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, weiter in der Weinhandlung Vintry in Battery Park City und von da bin ich ins Terroir gezogen. Abends ging es weiter in Williamsburg in Four Horsemen und Maisonette Premiere (letzter nur wenige Meter von meiner damaligen zu Hause (330 Bedford Avenue). Traurig war es wie ich Ende Oktober da raus gedrängt wurde! Grüße dein Stuart

translation: My The report describes one of my (last) days in New York. First I go to Green Market Union Square, then coffee in Kava on Washington Street (opposite the southern tip of Highline), then to the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, to the Vintry Wine Shop in Battery Park City and from there I went to Terroir. In the evening, I continued in Williamsburg in the Four Horsemen and e thMaisonette Premiere (the last few meters from my home at that time (330 Bedford Avenue), it was sad as I was pushed out at the end of October! Cheers Your Stuart

Recently I published an update of my "Schiller's Favorite Wine Bars in New York City" Guide. All four of them that Stuart recommends in the Der Feinschmcker article are also on my list. See: Schiller’s Favorite Wine Bars in New York City, USA

Pictures: Bar Hopping in NYC (Stuart Pigott in Der Feinschmecker März 2017)

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
155 W 51 Street

Branch-offs can often snap under pressure, but Le Bernardin has sprung a stem as strong as its base. Sitting across the galleria from that vaulted seafood restaurant, Aldo Sohm’s annexed vino hub is far less buttoned-up than its big brother—no reservations or suit jackets required—but the level of detail here proves this apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

See: Summer of Riesling. All Summer. All German. – 3 German Rieslings from Tesch, JJ Prüm and Leitz at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar in New York and Germany-North 2016 Tour by ombiasy WineTours

Pictures: At Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Picture: Sommelier Aldo Sohm and Christian Schiller at the 2015 Rieslingfeier in New York City, USA. See also: A German Riesling Feast in New York City: Rieslingfeier 2015, USA

Terroir
24 Harrison Street

Riesling Guru Paul Grieco's legendary wine bar.

Pictures: At Terroir - Annette Schiller with Caroline Diel, Sylvain Taurisson Diel, Justin Christoph, Danielle King, Paul Grieco, Valerie Masten of Skurnik Wines and Husband and Wine Journalist Jon Bonné with Sommelier/ Wine Consultant Sabra Lewis

See also:
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The Four Horsemen
295 Grand Street

The interior sparseness is contrasted by a wine list comprising nearly 250 bottles and a dozen by-the-glass selections ($10 to $15) that highlight natural wine heavyweights: Sicilian orange selections from Frank Cornelissen of Italy’s Mount Etna region and a biodynamic rosé from Fabien Jouves of Cahors, France.

Pictures: At The Four Horsemen

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave.

While it is often referred to as an oyster and absinthe bar, this charming Williamsburg establishment is so much more. With more than a subtle nod to the French heritage of New Orleans in the décor, drinks and food, Maison Premiere is hopelessly romantic. With dollar oyster specials, it can also be hopelessly packed. Although it opened in 2011, Maison Premiere feels more like a 19th-century Parisian bistro. The marble-topped horseshoe bar offers plenty of standing room and that quickly fills up. Oysters and other food can be ordered at the bar or at the tables in the back. But the seats in the window are strictly for drinks. A wood and classic New York safety glass back bar separate the bar area from the tables and the oyster shuckers. On nice days, the garden seating under a wisteria arbour surrounded by large ferns is a sought-after oasis.

Pictures: At Maison Premiere

Stuart Pigott

Stuart Pigott was born in the UK and Berlin-based for the past 20 years or so. During this period, he emerged as the leading German wine writer, mostly writing in German, and focusing on German wine. Notably, he now regularly writes for the specialist magazines Feinschmecker and Weingourmet as well as the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He also produced a TV series on German wine.

Picture: Stuart Pigott and Christian G.E. Schiller in Washington DC

A few years ago, Stuart Pigott started to spend a lot of time in New York City, turning his attention to the global world of Riesling. His first major output of the move to New York City is a major book about Riesling in the world, which was published in June 2014: The Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story. It appears that Stuart Pigott closed the New York chapter and returned to Germany in 2016.

See also:
Late Night German Riesling Tasting with Riesling Gurus Paul Grieco and Stuart Pigott in Washington DC on the 2013 Riesling Road Trip, USA

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Natalie Schyler - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Picture: Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Natalie Schyler

Château Kirwan is a 3ième Grand Cru Classé producer in the Appellation Margaux that exists since since the late 17th century. We toured Château Kirwan and had a tasting in the new tasting room. We then sat down in the garden and enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Owner Natalie Schyler was our host for the tour, tasting and lunch.

Pictures: Welcome

In 2015 Chateau Kirwan completed a renovation of their wine making facilities. They replaced their old stainless steel vats with new, concrete tanks allowing for parcel by parcel vinification.

Château Kirwan: Tour

Château Kirwan is a 3ème Cru Classé property in Margaux. It is owned by the Schÿler family.

The history of Château Kirwan begins with the English merchant Sir John Collingwood, one of the first négociants in history. For nearly a century he reigned over the noble "de Lasalle" land, acquired in 1751 and adjoining the Ganet property.

Pictures: In the Vineyard

Château Kirwan takes its name from the Irishman Mark Kirwan, who became part of the estate's history by marrying one of the daughters of Sir John Collingwood. In 1760 he inherited the estate. He united the "de Lasalle" and Ganet lands. Rather unfortunately, he was guillotined in 1792.

Thomas Jefferson, then Ambassador of the United States in France, visited the Bordeaux vineyards in May 1787. He was not only the future president of the United States, but the greatest emissary of Bordeaux wines. In his travel diary and his book "Jefferson on Wine", he elevated Kirwan wine - then spelled "Quirouen" - to second classified growth, making it much more recognizable on the far shores of the Atlantic.

The heirs of the Kirwan family sold the estate in 1827, in the midst of a severe economic crisis after the upheavals of the Revolution and the First Empire. After a period of instability, the owner of Château Kirwan and mayor of Bordeaux Camille Godard left the estate to the city, which used it for a time as a hotel and reception venue.

Pictures: In the Cellar

In 1925, it became the property of the Schÿler family, whose family trading house had already been distributing the wine for several years. Since 1950, Jean-Henry Schyler invested heavily in the châteaux and brought Châteaux Kirwan back to its former glory. He passed away in November 2016, a few weeks after our visit.

Jean Henri Schyler was in charge of managing the chateau until he passed away, November, 2016 at the age of 85.

Today the châteaux is managed by the next generation Yann, Natalie and Sophie Schyler.

Pictures: At the Residence of Jean-Henry Schyler. He died a few weeks after we were there.

This year, Château Kirwan completed a renovation of the winemaking facilities. Importantly, the old stainless steel tanks were replaced by concrete tanks.

The property is located in the commune of Cantenac and consists of a beautiful 18th century château and 35 hectares of vineyards. The wine is typically a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. The grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled, concrete tanks. The wine is then matured in oak barriques (30-50% new) for 18 months. It is bottled after a light fining and filtration. Its second wine is called Les Charmes de Kirwan. Château Kirwan produces on average 16,000 cases per year.

Pictures: Sophie Schyler Pouring at the 2016 UGC Tasting in Washington DC and at a Private Dinner with Annette and Christian Schiller and Marlene and Charles Bullfighter Reddoor following the Tasting. See: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) on the 2016 North America Tour - Schiller’s Favorites

Pictures: Sophie Schÿler of Château Kirwan, Annette Schiller of ombiasy PR and WineTours and Chef/ Owner  Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro in McLean, Virginia, at Evo Bistro. See: Sophie Schÿler, Owner of Château Kirwan, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, Margaux, for a Wine Pairing Luncheon at Evo Bistro in McLean, with the Wines of RdV and Clemens Busch, USA/ France/ Germany

Château Kirwan: Tasting

2012 Château Kirwan

wine-searcher average price in US$: 50

From the Schroder and Schyler family, the 2012 Kirwan is dense ruby/purple and exhibits notes of cassis, licorice and a touch of toasty oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, tightly knit, but very promising Margaux. Concentrated, long and rich, this wine is still playing it close to the vest. It should be at its best in another 5-7 years and last at least two decades. 90+ points. Robert Parker. Wine Advocate April 2015.

1996 Château Kirwan

wine-searcher average price in US$: 104

Readers should note that this property has significantly improved the quality of its wines, and now deserves a serious look in nearly every vintage. The 1996 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple color, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, nearly outstanding effort. There is moderate tannin in the finish, so give this beefy, rich, muscular wine 6-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. (4/1999) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Pictures: Tasting with Natalie Schyler

Château Kirwan: Lunch

Following the tour and tasting we sat down for a lovely lunch with Natalie Schyler.

Pictures: Lunch  with Natalie Schyler

Bye-bye

Thank you very much Natalie for a lovely tour, tasting and lunch.


Pictures: Bye-bye

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Tour and Tasting at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Nathalie Schyler

Picnic Lunch at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Nathalie Schyler

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