Friday, December 11, 2015

Wine Paring Lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler (1 Star Michelin) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: With Sommelière Melanie Wagner at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden

During the Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), we had two long luncheons at 1 star Michelin restaurants: at Röttele's Restaurant im Schloss Neuweier in Neuweier and at the legendary Restaurant Schwarzer Adler of Fritz Keller in Oberbergen. As to the former, I already reported about the spectacular luncheon cum winetasting here: Wine Pairing Lunch at Röttele’s Restaurant (1 Star Michelin) at Schloss Neuweier, with Owner and Winemaker Robert Schätzle, Weingut Schloss Neuweier - German South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2015)

Picture:  Restaurant Schwarzer Adler (1 Star Michelin) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden

Before the luncheon at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, we toured Weingut Franz Keller and I reported about it here: Tour and Tasting at Weingut Franz Keller in Oberbergen, Baden – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

This posting covers the luncheon at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler.

Fritz Keller greeted us.

The Keller Family

With the Keller family, which can trace its roots as winemakers and hoteliers back to the Thirty Year War in the early 17-hundreds, everything started with producing and offering outstanding food. Franz and his wife Irma, parents of the current owner, were among the first generation of chefs to start the German revolution in the kitchen more than forty years ago. Well beyond the immediate post WWII era, the urge to simply have enough food on the table – quantity over quality- lingered on.

Pictures: Choosing the Wines with Sommelière Melanie Wagner at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden, with Maitre de Hotel Hubert Pfingstag (who is from Alsace)

In 1969 Franz and Irma Keller and their restaurant Schwarze Adler were awarded one Michelin star, which the restaurant defends until today. For Franz Keller, the central idea of winemaking was to produce top quality wines that perfectly accompanied the creations in the kitchen. The current generation, Fritz and Bettina Keller have brought the winery to a new level. They just finished construction of a brand new winery that is an architectural landmark, beautifully integrated in the landscape. Their efforts to produce top wines, among them stunning Pinot Noirs, were acknowledged by their selection as new member of the VDP in 2013.

Pictures: Greeting from the Chef

The Fritz Keller Empire

The founder of the Keller Empire is the late Franz Keller. Franz Keller (1927 – 2007) probably was Germany’s most important early proponent of fully-fermented, dry wines and the use of barriques. He had 2 sons. One of them – Franz Keller - was initially the Chef of Restaurant Schwarzer Adler, but eventually moved to Hattenheim in the Rheingau, where he is the owner and chef at the Adlerwirtschaft. The other one – Fritz Keller – took over from his father in the 1980s and expanded the empire further.

Pictures: Gänseleber mit Aprikose und Sellerie

Today, the Keller empire comprises a luxury hotel (Hotel Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen), 3 restaurants (the Michelin starred Schwarzer Adler, the more basic Rebstock, just across the street, and the KellerWirtschaft, which is part of the new winery), a fine wine trading company, focusing on Bordeaux and Bourgogne, Weingut Franz Keller (recently joined the VDP, the association of about 200 elite winemakers in Germany) and the Edition Fritz Keller project, a very successful trademark wine project with the discount chain Aldi.

Fritz Keller, in addition to his activity as winemaker, wine trader and restaurateur, is also president of the German football club SC Freiburg.

Pictures: Steinbutt aus dem Wildfang mit Erdnuss und Broccoli, with Maitre de Hotel Hubert Pfingstag

Restaurant Schwarzer Adler

Schwarzer Adler is a truly iconic restaurant that has been founded by Franz Keller. In the 1 star Michelin category, this traditional restaurant offers a harmonious mix of Baden country charm and elegance. The menu is a successful marriage of French and German cuisine reflecting the frontier on the nearby Rhine River, which is the border between Germany and France. The impressive wine list boasts 2 600 different wines, including a good selection of bottles from both Baden and France.

Pictures: Medaillons vom Reh aus heimischer Jagd mit Portweinsauce, Steinpilzen, Erbsenpüree und Kartoffelbällchen

Fritz Keller: Elegance, style and hospitality with a perceptible French influence create an unmistakable ambiance at our Restaurant Schwarzer Adler. In the kitchens of master chef Anibal Strubinger and Hubert Pfingstag nearby France is as present as the much-lauded local Baden cuisine. The combination of both these influences at the very highest level forms the culinary character of the house.

When I got interested in “fine dining” in the 1970s, Franz Keller’s Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen was certainly a place one had to go and eat there. Indeed, we did this many times over the years.

Pictures: Livarot mit Kohlrabissalat und Granatapfel

Other Restaurants and Hotel Schwarzer Adler

Rebstock is a more basic restaurant, just across the street of the Schwarzer Adler, which has of course different food, but the same wine list as the Schwarzer Adler. The KellerWirtschaft, which is part of the new winery, half a mile down the road from the Schwarzer Adler.

Hotel Schwarzer Adler belongs to the group “Small Luxory Hotels in the World”. It is in the main building, where the restaurant Schwarzer Adler is and also has some rooms in a separate building.

Pictures: Pfirsich-Sorbet und Mandelparfait im weissen Schokoladenkleid

Luncheon at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler

At our last visit during the Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014), the wines were selected by Melanie Wagner. She has been Head Sommeliere at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler since 2005. In 2010, she was Germany's Sommelier of the Year (Gault Millau). This year, we chose the wines, with the advice of Melanie Wagner and her team.

Picture: Chatting with Fritz Keller

The Menu

Greetings from the Chef

Gänseleber mit Aprikose und Sellerie

Steinbutt aus dem Wildfang mit Erdnuss und Broccoli

Medaillons vom Reh aus heimischer Jagd mit Portweinsauce, Steinpilzen, Erbsenpüree und Kartoffelbällchen

Livarot mit Kohlrabissalat und Granatapfel

Pfirsich-Sorbet und Mandelparfait im weissen Schokoladenkleid

Petits Fours

The Wines

NV Weingut Franz Keller Pinot Sekt brut

2008 Weingut Franz Keller Grauburgunder Oberrottweiler Henkenberg Spätlese trocken

2003 Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru Classe de Grave Rouge

2001 Weingut Franz Keller Weissburgunder Selection S

2011 Weingut Franz Keller Oberbergener Bassgeige Müller-Thurgau Beerenauslese

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