Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lunch, Tasting and Tour at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Natalie Schyler - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France

Pictures: Lunch, Tasting and Tour at Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé, with Owner Natalie Schyler - Chinese Painting in the Reception Area of the Renovated Winery

We started the day with a tour and tasting at Château Brane-Cantenac, Appellation Margaux, 2ième Grand Cru Classé. Owner Henri Lurton was our host. Frome there, we drove over to Château Kirwan, Appellation Margaux, 3ième Grand Cru Classé for a tour, tasting and a pique-nique style lunch with matching Kirwan wines at the château. Owner Natalie Schyler-Thierry was our host. The last stop of the day was at Château Poujeaux, Appellation Moulis-en-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois. Winemaker Labenne, from the family that used to own the estate, was our host. We ended the day at Hotel/Restaurant Le Vignoble-France et Angleterre in Pauillac.

Pictures: Lunch, Tasting and Tour 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 the late 17th century. We toured Château Kirwan and had a tasting in one of the rooms of the renovated winery. We had a gorgeous view of the Château Kirwan vineyard from ther. We then moved to another room of the renovated winery where we sat down and enjoyed a pique-nique style lunch with matching Kirwan wines.

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

Pictures: The Historic Family Residence of Château Kirwan

Château Kirwan

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

History

The history of this estate, built all in one piece, begins with the famous 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. On this estate with its 40 acres (16 hectares) of vines, he watched the dazzling rise of Bordeaux wines, highly esteemed by His Majesty in London. This craze was particularly beneficial for the noble growths of Cantenac, Margaux, which became the most renowned Médoc wines. Fit to age and to grow finer over the years, they sold for a considerable price.

Pictures: In the Vineyard

Settling in the region, Mark Kirwan - an Irishman from a family of merchants - became part of the estate's history by marrying one of the daughters of Sir John Collingwood. In 1760 he inherited the estate, already renowned in Europe.

Taking the reins, he united the "de Lasalle" and Ganet lands, building a one-storey Charterhouse and lending his name to the vineyard so that merchants would be better able to identify and market the wines.

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.

Pictures: The New Gate of the Renovated Winery by Russian Artists Kinga and Anatoly Stolnikoff

The wine's notoriety was confirmed by brokers in the Bordeaux financial market who were ordered by Napoleon III to select the finest samples of Médoc for the 1855 World's Fair. This official ranking placed Kirwan at the head of Médoc Third Great Growths, once again highlighting the exceptional and authentic character of its terroir.

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. It then became the property of the Schÿler family, whose family trading house had already been distributing the wine for several years. The Schÿler family traces it roots back to the Hanseatic League through d'Armand Schÿler fourth generation of the merchant family that settled in Bordeaux in 1739. His son Mark maintained the estate's commercial activities in Northern Europe and opened Central European markets thanks to a first-rate "art-deco" advertising campaign.

During the second half of the 20th century his grandson Jean Henri expanded into the North American and Japanese markets. He passed away November 2016 at the age of 85.

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

Recently Chateau Kirwan completed a renovation of the wine making facilities. Importantly, the stainless steel vats were replaced with concrete tanks.

Pictures: In the Cellar

Barry Bros & Rudd: Château Kirwan

Château Kirwan is a 3ème Cru Classé Margaux property that has hit form in the last decade after years of producing wine not meriting its Cru Classé status. Kirwan takes its name from its Irish proprietor who was, rather unfortunately, guillotined in 1792.

Since 1925 Kirwan has been owned by the négociant firm, Schröder and Schÿler. 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, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then matured in oak barriques (30-50% new) for 18 months. It is bottled after a light fining and filtration.

Michel Rolland has been consulting at Kirwan since the early 90s and the wines are now aromatically richer and have more grip and body, as well as displaying much more depth of fruit.

Pictures: In the Barrel Cellar

Tasting

Before lunch, we stopped in one of the tasting rooms of the renovated wine cellar for a tasting. We enjoyed the 2004 Château Kirwan and the great view very much.

Pictures: Tasting with Natalie Schyler

Lunch

We then moved to another room of the renovated winery where we sat down and enjoyed a pique-nique style lunch with matching Kirwan wines.

Pictures: Pique-nique style lunch withNa talie Schyler and matching Kirwan wines

The Wines we Tasted

2004 Château Kirwan

wine-searcher average price in US$: 62

Aromas of cedar, spice box, incense, burning embers, black currants, and new wood jump from the glass of this full-bodied, structured effort. Behaving more like a Pauillac than a Margaux, it is a long, concentrated, powerful wine meant for long aging. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. Score: 90 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007


2016 Schröder & Schÿler Signatures en Bordeaux Blanc

This is a negotiont wine by Schröder & Schÿler.

wine-searcher average price in US$: 20


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


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Tour with Dany Rolland: Château Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol – Bordeaux Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Lunch at Château Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol, with Dany Rolland and Benoit Prévot - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

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Visit: Château de Chantegrive, Appellation Grave, with Owner Marie-Hélène Lévêque - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2016, France

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Visit and Tasting at Château Poujeaux, Appellation Moulis-en-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, with Winemaker Christophe Labenne - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ombiasy WineTours at DC Wine Fest Spring 2018 Edition, with the Wines of Winzerhof Stahl, Franken, and Château la Mothe du Barry Bordeaux, USA

Pictures: Ombiasy WineTours at DC Wine Fest Spring 2018 Edition in Washington DC, USA

The DC Wine Fest took place on April 14, 2018, at Longview Gallery on 9th Street in Washington, DC, NW.

Annette and Christian Schiller had an Ombiasy WineTours booth at the DC Wine Fest Spring 2018 Edition. We promoted the ombiasy tours to France and Germany and poured 2 wines:

From France, a 2016 Château la Mothe du Barry Bordeaux Superieur.
From Germany, a 2016 Winzerhof Stahl Hasennest Müller Thurgau trocken.

More than 1000 people paid US$35/60 (VIP) to attend one of the 3 sessions. VIP ticket holder were admitted an hour earlier to their session. Session 1: 1-3pm; Session 2: 4:30-6:30pm; Session 3: 8:00-10:00pm.

DC Wine Fest: "Introducing the DC Wine Fest, an elevated wine tasting experience that aims to stimulate all of your senses. Come throw back some great food, take in some art, and enjoy live music performances, while tasting some of the best varietals from all over the world.

You’ll have the chance to sample wine to your heart's content, enjoy great food, check out the art on exhibit, and listen to some talented musicians.

All wine tastings are included in your ticket. We believe in responsible alcohol service. You can sample wine tastings during your session time until and unless you show visible signs of intoxication, at which point service stops.

VIP admission means you’ll gain early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have more time to sample and meet producers face-to-face. That is the only difference between VIP and General Admission tickets."

Annette Schiller's Ombiasy WineTours Booth

The Ombiasy WineTours booth was in the front room, right next to the music.

Picture: Ombiasy WineTours Booth with Annette Schiller

Pouring and Talking about the Tours

The crowd was young and overwhelmingly female.

Pictures: Annette Schiller Talking about the Ombiasy Tours and Pouring Wine

Bordeaux and Franken Wines

We poured 2 wines:

From France, a 2016 Château la Mothe du Barry Bordeaux Superieur.
From Germany, a 2016 Winzerhof Stahl Hasennest Müller Thurgau trocken.

Pictures: Bordeaux and Franken Wines

Winzerhof Stahl in Franken

Winzerhof Stahl is located in Auernhofen in the Franken wine area. Winemaking is only a recent activity in the Stahl family. Until the mid-1980s, Winzerhof Stahl did not exist. The Stahl family was doing farming and did not make any wine. Christian’s father then decided to acquire vineyards and to shift to winemaking. Today, the vineyard area totals 20 hectares. Winzerhof Stahl also includes a wine restaurant with 200 seats; the food there is at the highest level, as are the Winzerhof Stahl wines.

Born in 1978, Christian has been in charge of Winzerhof Stahl since 2005. He started his education at Weingut Stein in Würzburg (apprenticeship) in 1999, then spent some time with the biodynamic winemaker Jakob-Peter Kühn in the Rheingau and finished his studies with a Diploma at the Geisenheim University.

We visited Christian Stahl on the German-East Tour last year and had lunch at Winzerhof Stahl.

See:
Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours: Wine, Art, Culture and History
Lunch with Christian L. Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken: Not only a Gifted Winemaker but also a Gifted Chef - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy

Pictures: Lunch at Winzerhof Stahl, with Chef Christian L. Stahl.

Château La Mothe du Barry

Joël and Sandrine Duffau took over Château La Mothe du Barry vineyard in Moulon, the family home (nine generations of winegrowers), in 1985. The vines are planted ont the clay & limestone slopes of the village, a terroir the the Merlot grapes thrives on. From his studies and work palcements in France and abroad (Burgendy, Beaujolais, Rioja, California…) Joël retained his natural curiosity and a taste for discovering all things new which enable him, vintage after vintage, to evolve in his winegrowing and winemaking techniques.

This, in turn allows him to produce ever more expressive wines, of which the Cuvée le Barry praised every year in several wine guides. His other wines are also renowed for their quality, like his Entre-Deux-Mers, produced from vines palnted on boulbene ( finesiliceous soil) terroirs, situated in Naujean et Postiac (white grape varieties absolutely love boulbene terroirs!)

It’s because of Joël's passion for this terroir, so typicla of Entre-Deux-Mers area, but also because of his motivation to go back Nature and its core values that he started the process of converting to organic viticulture in 2009. The certification is obtained for all Bordeaux Superieur and Bordeaux Clairet with the vintage 2013.

We visited Joël and Sandrine Duffau on last year's Bordeaux Tour.

See:
Total Immersion in Bordeaux: World Class Wines and Exquisite French Gourmet Cuisine - Bordeaux Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours, France 
Tasting with Joël and Sandrine Duffau at Château La Mothe du Barry and Château Les Arromans in the Heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers Region - Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours 2017, France

Pictures: Tasting with Joël and Sandrine Duffau the Wines of Château La Mothe du Barry at Château La Mothe Du Barry

Longview Gallery

Long View Gallery opened in 2006 as a small, Washington D.C. gallery focused mainly on local artists. Today it is still an art gallery but also operates as a venue for private functions such as the DC Wine Fest.

Pictures: At Longview Gallery

Music

There was live music.

Pictures: Music at DC Wine Fest

schiller-wine: Related Postings

Upcoming Tours/ Wine Dinners/ Tastings - Annette and Christian Schiller/ ombiasyPR & WineTours/ schiller-wine, Germany, France, USA (Issued: April 2, 2018)

Ombiasy Wine Tours 2018: 3 x France and 3 x Germany - Ombiasy Newsletter December 2017

Lunch with Christian L. Stahl, Winzerhof Stahl, Franken: Not only a Gifted Winemaker but also a Gifted Chef - Germany-East Tour 2017 by ombiasy WineTours

Franken Wines, Virginia Oysters and French-Mediterranian Food: Winemaker Dinner with Christian L. Stahl from Winzerhof Stahl, Germany, and Chef Driss Zahidi at Evo Bistro in McLean, Virginia

Annette and Christian Schiller’s Summer of Riesling 2016 in McLean, Virginia, with German Star Winemaker Christian L. Stahl, German Wine Journalist Joachim A.J. Kaiser and Virginia Star Winemaker Chris Pearmund

JJ Prüm Winemaker Dinner at BToo in Washington DC/ USA, with Wilhelm Steifensand ("Herr Prüm") and Chef Bart Vandaele

Germany meets France: Bourgogne, Baden, Alsace and Pfalz - Tasting with the German Wine Society (Washington DC Chapter), led by Annette Schiller, USA/ France/ Germany

Welcome to the USA: Christian L. Stahl from Winzerhof Stahl in Franken, Germany

The Bistronomics Cuisine of Chef Christoph Kubenz and the Wines of Winemaker Christian Stahl at Restaurant schauMahl in Frankfurt, Germany

Entre-Deux-Mers Wines and Alsatian Cuisine: Lunch at L‘Auberge Chez Francois with Winemaker Joel Duffau and Chef Jacques Haeringer, USA/ France

The Wines from Entre Deux Mers Winemaker Joel Duffau