Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Announcement: Château Léoville-Poyferré Winemaker Dinner with Anne Cuvelier at Eola on May 1, 2013 in Washington DC

Picture: The Wines of  Chateau Léoville Poyferré

“Eola and ombiasy Wine Tours are excited to announce that we are hosting a winemaker dinner on May 1th  - reception starts at 6:30 pm - with the wines of Chateau Léoville Poyferré, 2ieme Grand Cru Classé en 1855, appellation Saint-Julien.

Please join us in welcoming Anne Cuvelier, our guest of honor, who will present the wines of her family’s estates in the Médoc, to Washington DC.

This is a rare tasting opportunity where the long-standing ties between the Cuvelier family and the terroir are evident in wines of a force and elegance rarely seen on American soil.

Calvert Woodley Fine Wine and Spirits is graciously supporting and promoting this event.

Featured Wines for the evening are:

            Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien 2000
            Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien 2005
            Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien 2008
            Le Crock, Saint-Estephe 2009
            Moulin Riche, Saint-Julien 2007
            Pavillion de Léoville Poyferré, Saint-Julien 2010

Since its opening a few years ago, Eola has been ranked among the Top 100 restaurants in the Washingtonian. Fresh, local, seasonal produce and continual creativity in the kitchen make every meal exceptional.

The menu will come together as chef scours the markets in the days leading up to the dinner. Chef Daniel Singhofen is preparing a 5 course world-class tasting menu for the event to pair with the fruit and earth profiles of each wine.

We are opening both our floors for the event at $ 135.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reserve your seats now by contacting Eola Tuesday to Saturday at 202-466-4441 or by mail”

See also:
Ombiasy Public Relations

Anne Cuvelier, Château Léoville-Poyferré, Château Le Crock and Chateau Moulin Riche

The story begins in 1804 when Henri Cuvelier set out to share his great passion for fine wine with his friends of the grand bourgeoisie residing in the rich and dynamic towns of the North of France. To this aim, he created Maison de Négoce de Vins Henri Cuvelier in Haubourdin, a wine merchant company whose success continued to develop throughout the 19th century.

100 years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Cuvelier and his young brother Albert, decided to purchase top quality estates in the Bordeaux area. They bought Château Le Crock in 1903, then Château Camensac in 1912 (which was later sold) and finally the prestigious Château Léoville Poyferré as well as Chateau Moulin Riche in 1920.

Picture: Visit of and Tasting at Château Léoville Poyferré, with owner Didier Cuvelier and Maitre de Chai Didier Thomann and Annette Schiller, Ombiasy Wine Tours

In the beginning, the Cuveliers did not operate their chateaux themselves. This changed in 1979 with the accession of Didier Cuvelier, who at 26 became the first member of his family to take charge of Leoville Poyferre, along with Moulin Riche and Le Crock. Anne Cuvelier joined the family in 2005 and is in charge of PR and wine tourism.

The production of the grand vin of Château Léoville-Poyferré is about 20000 cases. Typically the oak is 75% new each year. Wines produced from the plots once belonging to Château Moulin Riche (17000 cases) are vinified completely in cuve, before transfer into a mix of new and one-year-old barrels. The second wine is Pavillon de Poyferré.

The vineyards of Château Le Crock cover a total of 32.5 hectares and touch two of the most prestigious châteaus of the appellation, Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Montrose. The vines are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. In the (annulled) 2003 Classification, it was a Cru Bourgeois Superieur. The 2010 Chateau Le Crock qualified for the Cru Bourgeois Label.

For more see:
Château Léoville-Poyferré, Chateau Le Crock, Didier Cuvelier in Bordeaux and the Cuvelier Los Andes Wines in Argentina
Lunch with Didier Cuvelier at Château Léoville-Poyferré in Saint-Julien, Bordeaux  

Eola and Daniel Singhofen

In a nutshell, at Eola expect to spend the evening dining on the cutting-edge at an innovative New American restaurant, where normally (i.e. when there is no special event such as this one) a $75 five-course prix fixe menu (no à la carte) is served at a leisurely pace in a quiet townhouse with beautiful aged wooden floors and sparsely decorated with exposed bricks and ochre walls.

Pictures: Annette Schiller from Ombiasy Wine Tours and Chef Daniel Singhofen at Eola

Restaurants such Eola—intimate, personal spaces with driven and visionary chefs—are the exception in the United States, not the norm. Komi and Obelisk in Washington DC also belong to this group of restaurants.

For more see:
Dining on the Cutting-edge - Daniel Singhofen’s Eola in Washington DC, USA

Annette Schiller and Ombiasy Wine Tours

Annette Schiller is organizing expert tours and custom tailor tours to wine regions, in particular to France and Germany.

Picture: Annette Schiller, Didier Cuvelier and Christian Schiller at Château Léoville Poyferré in St.Julien, Bordeaux

Annette Schiller, an economist by training, founded ombiasy Public Relations about a decade ago and organized large conferences, including with the World Bank. An oenophile for 30 years+, she is now focusing on organizing wine tours. Annette received her formal wine training at the Hochheim Community Colleage in the Rheingau in Germany.

In 2013, two wine tours are coming up:  to Germany (in August) and to Bordeaux (in September):

Germany Wine and Culture Tour August 2013
Bordeaux Wine Tour September 2013

For last year's trip to Bordeaux, see:

Bordeaux Trip September 2012, France

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