Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dinner and Overnight-stay at Hôstellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape, with Chef Hugo Loridan-Fombonnet - Rhône Valley Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Culture and History, France

Pictures: Dinner and Overnight-stay at at Hôstellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape, with Chef Hugo Loridan-Fombonnet - Rhône Valley Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Culture and History, France

We spent our last dinner and night of the

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at Hôstellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape.

Chef Hugo Loridan-Fombonnet prepared a very special wine-pairing menu for us.

Some of us took an aperitif in the middle of the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards before dinner.

Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches

Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape is a 4 star exquisite castle hotel. Approaching the hotel takes your breath away. The medieval and Provencal fantasy style castle was built in the 19th century. It sits high on a hill overlooking the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards, with gorgeous views to the town of Châteauneuf du Pape and as far as to the Luberon.

Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches was built in the late 1800s by Auguste Constantin. In 1936, Louis Mousset bought the castle including 45 hectares of vineyards and made the property the centre of his extensive wine business and his family home. After the death of Louis Mousset his assets were divided among his three children, Jacques, Guy and Catherine.

The château remains in joint ownership of the Mousset family.

Since a decade or so it has been used as a 4 star Hotel with Restaurant, under the direction of Laurent and Martine Zennaro. They are lovely hosts.

Laurent and Martine Zennaro - A Fairy Tale Castle: You will enjoy a unique stay in this atypical castle. Both fantasy and medieval neo Provencal style, built high on a hill surrounded by vineyards. Our **** hotel enjoys exceptional views of the Papal Palace and the Alpilles, offering timeless moments to rest and relax.

Pictures: Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches

The Fork: Venez goûter à la véritable vie de château. Entourée de vignes et à deux pas du palais des Papes, cette noble demeure vous offre plusieurs ambiances : une terrasse avec une vue exceptionnelle, l’intimité des petits salons comme la bibliothèque ou encore la grande salle et sa belle cheminée. Dans un magnifique cadre où la nature est reine, vous savourez ici une cuisine gastronomique qui met en avant les produits régionaux. La carte s’ouvre même sur la route des épices. Arrosés de vins somptueux de Châteauneuf-du-Pape, les mets sont fins et raffinés. A déguster le duo d'agneau rôti au thym et sa bohémienne de légumes à la brousse de brebis dans son jus parfumé à l'ail.

Winemaking: Château des Fines Roches and Many Other Mousset Family Wines

Today there are three branches of the Mousset family in Châteauneuf-du-Pape who can thank their common grandfather, Louis Mousset, for their status as major landowner and winemaker in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Picture: Château des Fines Roches

First, Jacques Mousset inherited from his father the negociant firm and some estates, but sold off the negociant firm to Cellier des Dauphins in 1996. Today the Mousset family has nothing to do with this firm any more.

Jacques Mousset has retired and his three sons now run his estates. Yann Mousset owns together with his brother Fabrice Domaine de Tout Vent (25 hectares Côte du Rhône). He also runs the wine shop at the Château des Fines Roches. Fabrice Mousset runs Domaine Fabrice Mousset (10 hectares Chateauneuf du Pape) and together with Yann Mousset Domaine de Tout Vent (25 hectares Côte du Rhône). Cyril Mousset runs Domaine de la Font du Roi (24 hectares Châteauneuf du Pape).

Second, Guy Mousset's sons Olivier and Frank Mousset own Clos Saint Michel (15 hectares Châteauneuf du Pape and 12 hectares Côte du Rhône). Frank Mousset has furthermore his own small estate, Domaine des Saumades (2,5 hectares Châteauneuf du Pape).

Third, Catherine, the youngest child of Louis Mousset, married Robert Barrot and today they own Vignobles Mousset-Barrot consisting of three properties: Château des Fines Roches (53 hectares Châteauneuf du Pape), Château du Bois de la Garde (63 hectares Côte du Rhône) and, purchased in 2003, Château Jas de Bressy (4,5 hectares Châteauneuf du Pape). Catherine and Robert's children Amélie Barrot and Gaelle Barrot are now in charge of these 3 estates.

Picture: Vignobles Mousset-Barrot

Pictures: With Yann Mousset at the Wine Shop at the Château des Fines Roches

The wines of Clos Saint Michel are made at the cellars of Clos Saint Michel. All other wines of the Mousset family are vinified and aged in the cellars of Château des Fines Roches - separately for each domain.

Aperitif in the Middle of the Châteauneuf du Pape Vineyards

Some of us took an aperitif in the middle of the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards before dinner.

Pictures: Aperitif

Wine-pairing Dinner at Restaurant Château des Fines Roches

Chef Hugo Loridan-Fombonnet prepared a very special wine-pairing menu for us.

Pictures: Dinner at Hôstellerie du Château des Fines Roches in Châteauneuf du Pape, with Chef Hugo Loridan-Fombonnet - Rhône Valley Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Culture and History, France

After a good sleep, we all had breakfast togather and then went to the train station in Avignon. Most of us went to Paris. Some went to Lyon. Annette and I went to Frankfurt.

Pictures: At the TGV Train Station in Avignon

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Stephan Reinhardt (Robert Parker/ Wine Advocate): Germany's Top 11/ 20/ 50 Riesling and Spätburgunder New Releases

Picture: Stephan Reinhardt at the 2019 VDP Weinbörse in Mainz, Germany. See: Attending the 2019 VDP.Weinbörse - Vintage 2018 - in Mainz - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling

A few weeks ago, Stephan Reinhardt, who covers Germany for Robert Parker/ Wine Advocate, issued a list of his favorite dry German Riesling and Spätburgunder new releases in the Sunday Edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. This is a most interesting list of a leading German wine journalist.

His top 11 wines: With a star and bold.
His top 20 wines: Bold.
His top 50 wines: All

Picture: Stephan Reinhardt (Robert Parker/ Wine Advocate): Germany's Top 11/ 20/ 50 Riesling and Spätburger New Releases

RIESLING

2013 Burg Roseneck Georg Breuer, Rheingau
2016 Wallhäuser Johannisberg GG, Prinz Salm, Nahe
2016 Wallufer Walkenberg, Spätlese trocken, Alte Reben, J.B.Becker, Rheingau
2017 Uhlen, Rot-Lay, Heimann-Löwenstein, Mosel
*2017 St. Nikolaus, Kühn, Rheingau
2017 Doosberg, Kühn, Rheingua
*2017 Nonnenberg, Georg Breuer, Rheingau
2017 Berg Schlossberg, Georg Breuer, Rheingau
*2017 Berg Schlossberg, Leitz, Rheingau
2017 Berg Kaisersteinfels, Leitz, Rheingau
2017 Greifenberg, Schloss Vollrads, Rheingau
2017 Pechstein, Bürklin-Wolf, Pfalz
2017 Kirchenstück, GG, Reichsrat von Buhl, Pfalz
*2018 Scharzhofberger P, Van Volxem, Saar
2018 Feils Fass 13, Peter Lauer, Saar
2018 Saarburg Rausch GG, Geltz-Zillike, Saar
2018 Altenberg GG, von Othegraven, Saar
2018 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg GG, von Schubert, Ruwer
*2018 Herrmannshöhle GG, Dönnhoff, Nahe
2018 Felsenberg GG, Dönnhoff, Nahe
*2018 Frühlingsplätzchen GG, Emrich-Schönleber, Nahe
2018 Halenberg GG, Emrich-Schönleber, Nahe
2017 Burgberg GG, Diehl, Nahe
2018 Remigiusberg, Tesch, Nahe
2018 Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling trocken, Eva Fricke, Rheingau
2018 Schloss Johannisberger GG Silberlack, Rheingau
*2018 Kiedricher Gräfenberg GG, Robert Weil, Rheingau
2018 Hochheimer Herrnberg Erste Lage, Künstler, Rheingau
2018 Hochheimer Hölle GG, Künstler, Rheingau
2018 AbtsE, Keller Rheinhessen
2018 Kirchspiel, Wittmann, Rheinhessen
2018 Steinbuckel, Knipser, Pfalz
2018 Idig GG, A.Christmann, Pfalz
2018 Ungeheuer GG, Acham-Magin, Pfalz
2018 Kastanienbusch GG, Rebholz, Pfalz
2018 Centgrafenberg GG, Fürst, Franken

Picture: Tasting at Weingut Dr. Loosen in Bernkastel-Kues, Mosel, with Ernie Loosen - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling

SPÄTBURGUNDER

2014 Im Sonnenschein GG, Rebhlz, Pfalz
*2015 Im Grossen Garten GG, Knipser, Pfalz
2016 Wallufer Walkenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese trocken, J.B.Becker, Rheingau
*2016 KB (Kammerberg) GG, Friedrich Becker, Pfalz
2016 Heydenreich GG, Friedrich Becker, Pfalz
2016 St. Paul GG, Friedrich Becker, Pfalz
2017 Herrenberg GG, Jean Stodden, Ahr
*2017 Centgrafenberg GG, Rudolf Fürst, Franken
2017 Hundsrück GG, Rudolf Fürst, Franken
2017 Bischofsberg GG, B. Baltes - Stadt Klingenberg, Franken
*2017 Bienenberg Wildenstein GG, B. Huber, Baden
2017 Schlossberg GG, B. Huber, Baden
2017 Kirchberg GG, Salway, Baden
2017 Saumagen GG, Rings, Pfalz

Pictures: Tasting at Weingut Jos. Jos. Prüm in Bernkastel-Wehlen, Mosel, with Amei Prüm - Germany-North Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours: Quintessential Riesling

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Tour and Tasting at Château Pape-Clément, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves, with Daley Brennan, Business Development Manager, Eastern USA - Bordeaux Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château Pape-Clément, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves, with Daley Brennan, Business Development Manager, Eastern USA - Bordeaux Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Arnaud Laszis, Maître de Chai of Château Pape-Clement, was supposed to be our host but dropped out on short notice as the harvest had to be advanced. Instead Daley Brennan, Business Development Manager, Eastern USA was our host. He showed us the impressive property, looked with us at the vineyard and toured the winemaking facilities with us. The visit ended with a tasting in the Pavillon du Prélat, which was built by Gustave Eiffel.

Pictures: Greeting Arnaud Lasisz at Château Pape-Clément at a Previous Tour

Château Pape-Clément

Château Pape-Clément is a Cru Classé de Graves. The winery and vineyards are located in the commune of Pessac, in the larger Bordeaux City area. Château Pape-Clément belongs to the wine imperium of Bernard Magrez, which now covers about 40 estates in Bordeaux and other parts of France as well as in the rest of the world.

Pape-Clément has one of the longest and best documented histories of all Bordeaux châteaux. The vineyards were planted in 1300 by Bernard de Groth, who later became Pope Clément V and moved the papacy to Avignon.

The noble de Groth family was based in Sauternes. In 1299, Bernard de Groth became Archbishop of Bordeaux. His brother (who was Archbishop of Lyon) gave him as a gift what later would become Château Pape Clement to be used as private residence as Archbishop of Bordeaux. Bernard de Groth lived there for 6 years. In 1305, Bernhard de Groth became Pope Clement V and felt that he should donate the property to the church.

In the hands of the church, the Pessac estate continued as a site of viticulture for many centuries, right up until the Revolution when it was confiscated and sold off as a bien national.

Pictures: Tour and Tasting at Château Pape-Clément, Graves, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves, with Daley Brennan, Business Development Manager, Eastern USA - Bordeaux Tour 2019 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Today, Château Pape-Clement belongs to the wine imperium of Bernard Magrez, which now covers about 40 estates in Bordeaux and other parts of France as well as in the rest of the world. Château Pape-Clément is classified for its white and red wine according to the 1953 classification of the Graves.

The vineyard area consists of 32.5 hectares, 30 of which are planted with red grapes varieties (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot). The remaining plots are cultivated with white varieties of 45% Sauvignon blanc, 45% Sémillon and 10% Muscadelle.

Pictures: In the Vineyard

Production of the Grand Vin - Pape Clément – is: 7,000 cases of red wine and 350 cases of dry white wine. Additionally, there are 2 second wines - Le Clémentin du Pape Clément and Le Prélat du Pape Clément.

The red usually consists of 55% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 45% Merlot and is a full-bodied, presice wine with an incredible intensity.

Although I am a true German white wine fan I very much enjoy the Pape-Clément white wine. The blend usually is 55 % Sauvignon-Blanc and 45 % Sémillion. This mediun-bodied wine is fresh, clean and minerally. About 20% of the blend is aged in concrete eggs.

Pictures: In the Cellar

Château Pape-Clément and the City of Bordeaux

The outskirts of the city of Bordeaux are the birthplace of the phenomenal Bordeaux wine boom. It was here – in the Graves - that the region first gained its reputation, as early as the 14th century – hundreds of years before Dutch wine merchants and producers drained the marshes of the Medoc. In the Middle Ages, much of the Claret - as red Bordeaux is called in the United Kingdom - shipped to London was grown within in easy distance to the Quai de Chartrons in Bordeaux.

For centuries, Graves encompassed all the vineyards south of the border with the Medoc, in a great sweep around the city of Bordeaux with the exception of the sweet wine appellations of Sauternes, Cerons and Barsac, which are nestled within the boundaries of the Graves, but are independently recognized because of their outstanding noble-sweet white wines. But in 1987, the Pessac-Leognan appellation was carved out of the northern end of the Graves, encompassing Graves’ most respected producers. The four key producers in Pessac-Leognan are Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion (both in American hands), Laville Haut-Brion and Pape-Clement

Pictures: In the Barrel Cellar

Interestingly, these chateaux are within the city limits of Bordeaux and well within the Bordeaux beltway. This is the most urban wine area I have seen in Bordeaux and perhaps in the whole world. Indeed, the vineyards of Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion, Laville Haut-Brion and Pape Clement are surrounded by suburban development.

See also:
In the Wine Capital of the World: the City of Bordeaux, France

Tasting

The tasting took place in the Pavillon du Prélat, which was built by Gustave Eiffel.

We had 2 wines:

2015 Château Pape Clément Rouge Cru Classé de Graves Pessac-Léognan AOC
wine-searcher average price in US$: 111

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2015 Pape Clement is blended of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, matured in 80% new and 20% one-year-old French oak barrels for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple, it opens with profound notes of crushed red and black currants, black cherries and cassis with touches of mocha, baking spices, menthol and lavender plus a hint of new leather. Medium-bodied, firm and concentrated with tons of tightly wound black fruit and earth layers, it has a grainy frame and refreshing lift on the long finish. (LPB) (2/2018)

2015 Château Pape Clément Blanc Rouge Cru Classé de Graves Pessac-Léognan AOC
wine-searcher average price in US$: 182

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2015 Pape Clement Blanc is blended of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon and 10% Sauvignon Gris, fermented in 55% new and 45% one-year-old oak barrels. It aged for 16 months in barrels, with the entire time spent on the fine lees. It has quite a closed, reticent nose featuring ripe peaches, musk perfume and struck flint notes with a suggestion of lemon curd and honeycomb plus a touch of coriander seed. Medium-bodied with a crisp backbone, the intense citrus and stone fruit flavors trail off beautifully into a lingering honeyed finish. (LPB) (2/2018)

Pictures: Tasting

Bernard Magrez

Bernard Magrez is a self-made man who made his fortune as the founder of the William Pitters spirits company and the low-cost red Bordeaux brand. But for the past 20 years or so, he has been involved in quite a different, more upmarket side of the business: he has acquired prestigious vineyards and wineries, first of all in Bordeaux, then in other parts of France and more recently around the world. The total count at the moment is about 40 wine estates.

See also:
Château Pape Clément in Pessac-Léognan and the World Wide Wine Empire of Bernard Magrez, France

Picture: Bernard Magrez and Gérard Depardieu

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Tour and Tasting at Château Bel-Air La Royère, Appellation Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux, with Owner/ Winemaker Corinne Loriaud

An Afternoon with Owner/Winemaker Corinne Chevrier-Loriaud at Chateau Bel Air La Royere in Blaye, Bordeaux, France

Tour and Tasting at Earl Ostrea Chanca Oyster Farm, with Oyster Farmer Ralph Doerfler

Oysters in Bordeaux: Visiting the Oyster Farmer Raphael Doerfler and his Earl Ostrea Chanca Oyster Farm in Grand Piquey/ Bassin d'Arcachon - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

Lunch at Pinasse Café, Cap Ferret, Bassin d'Arcachon - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Schiller's Favorite Seafood Restaurants in Arcachon and Cap Ferret (Bassin d'Arcachon/ Bordeaux)

Lunch at Pinasse Café, Cap Ferret

Lunch at Pinasse Café, Cap Ferret, Bassin d'Arcachon - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Tour and Blending Workshop at Château La Tour de Bessan, Appellation Margaux, Cru Bourgeois

Vineyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Blending Exercise at Château La Tour de Bessan, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois, with Owner/ Winemaker Marie-Laure Lurton - Bordeaux Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours, France  

The 5 Premiers Grands Crus Chateaux en 1855 of Bordeaux, France

What is a Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois? France

Tour and Tasting at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Appellation Pauillac, 1ière Grand Cru Classé

Tour and Tasting at Château Lafon-Rochet, Appellation Saint-Estèphe, 4ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owners Basile Tesseron and Michel Tesseron

Tour and Tasting (from Barrel and Bottle) at Château Lafon-Rochet, 4ème Grand Cru Classé St-Estèphe, with Owner Basile Tesseron - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2018, France

Tour and Lunch at Château Phélan-Ségur, with General Manager Véronique Dausse and Winemaker Fabrice Bacquey

Tour and Tasting at Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron, Appellation Pauillac, 2ième Grand Cru Classé, with Technical Director Jean-René Matignon

Wine-Pairing Lunch at Château Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017 France

Tour at Cooperage Berger & Fils with Simon Grelier, Managing Director

How a Barrel is Made: Visit of the Cooperage Berger & Fils in Vertheuil – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Sociando Mallet, Appellation Haut-Médoc

Tour and Tasting at Château Sociando Mallet, Appellation Haut-Médoc – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

Tour and Dinner at Château Le Reysse, Vignobles Paeffgen, Appellation Médoc, with Stefan and Heike Paeffgen

Tour, Barrel Tasting and Family Dinner with Stefan and Heike Paeffgen, Château Le Reysse and Château Lassus, Vignobles Paeffgen, Appellation Médoc - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

Tour and Tasting at Château Beychevelle, Appellation Saint-Julien, 4ième Grand Cru Classé, with Philippe Blanc, Managing Director

Tour and Tasting at Château Beychevelle, Appellation Saint-Julien, 4ième Grand Cru Classé, with General Manager Philippe Blanc - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

Tour and Lunch at Château Desmirail, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Denis Lurton

Tour and Tasting at Château Durfort-Vivens, Appellation Margaux, 2ième Grand Cru Classé

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Château Durfort-Vivens, Appellation Margaux, 2ième Grand Cru Classé - Bordeaux Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Winery Tour and Dinner at Château Bouscaut, Appellation Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves, with Owner Sophie Cogombles-Lurton and her Husband Laurent Cogombles