2012 February


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    2012 February


    Pieroth Newsletter February 2012

    Quotation of the Month
    I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.~ W. C. Fields

    Two Generations of Pieroth Family Visited Japan

    February kicked off with the visit of Mr. Kuno Pieroth, Chairman of Pieroth owner family, and Dr. Johannes Pieroth, President and Representative Director of Pieroth Japan. This visit was very special as it was their first time to present the Pieroth Estate wine series with two generations representing Pieroth Family.


    On February 2nd, Tasting Event and Dinner for press was held at the Ark Hills Club. There, we had a chance to introduce Pieroth Estate wines as well as sharing Pieroth Family History and its integrity.
    The event was also featured in Yomiuri Shimbun Online. Please read the article from the below link.

    At the dinner, Pieroth Estate wines and other wines of our selection were served and each matched perfectly with the dishes.

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    White Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce  served with ’10 Pieroth Estate Weissburgunder Trocken Q.B.A

    Pan-fried AMADAI Tilefish with White Wine Sauce, *Malfatti (German Gnocchi) and Vegetables served with '09 Bingerbrücker Römerberg Riesling Spätlese

    *Gnocchi in the German style. Mother's cooking of Pieroth Famly. Revived based on the recipe provided by Mrs. Pieroth, a wife of Mr. Kuno Pieroth.

    Roast Challandaise Duck with Jus Mango Chutney and Braised Red Cabbage,
    Camembert, Fourme d’Ambert, Pie d’Angloys served with ’07 Domaine Bertagna Clos Saint-Denis GC, ’99 Château Rauzan-Segla, ’04 Mas d’en Gil Clos Fonta


    Apple Compote and Crumble, Rum Raisin Ice Cream served with ’83 Thörnicher Ritsch Riesling Auslese
    Coffee and Petit Four

    SHOT Magazine is also featuring the Pieroth Family with movies and recipes.
    Please also check these out.




    Award Ceremony for European Winery of the Year in NY

    On January 30th in New York, Gérard Bertrand won the prestigious European Winery of the Year Award by the magazine Wine Enthusiast.

    Selected each year by the magazine’s journalists, the Wine Star Awards go to men and women whose talent and vision have contributed to real progress in the wine world.


    Photo left: Mr. Bertrand at the Award Ceremony.

    Award winners. Mr. Bertrand (Second from the right in the back row)

    Baron'Arques Mentioned in Decanter Magazine

    Mr. Andrew Jefford has written an article for DECANTER March 2012 issue. There, he has talked about '07 Baron'Arques. Below is the quote from his article.

    "The Mouton team at Baron' Arques in Limoux. The Baron'Arques 2007 (an intriguing blend of Bordeaux varieties plus Syrah and Malbec) is powerful, masterful, meaty and full, with lavish yet pliable texture. Its generosity of flavour has made me think anew about 'cool' Limoux. Too cool for Mourvedre, perhaps, but plant Merlot there and its shoulders look gratifyingly broad."

    Winery of the Month

    A traditional winery introduces itself


    Passion for wine

    Mentioned in records on the river Nahe since 1675, our family has been growing wine for eleven generations now. Mild climate and geological diversity are distinctive features of the Nahe wine growing region, offering ideal conditions for wines with character. Our vineyards are situated in the charming countryside with lush meadows and rough rock formations. Here, we focus on top-quality classic grape varieties. In the best single and exclusive situations, we primarily grow Riesling and Burgundy on 25 ha of vineyards.

    Quality philosophy
    Good wine is created first and foremost in the vineyard, which is why we put the highest value on nature-orientated care of soil and grapevines. In the cellar, we restrict ourselves to few necessary interferences in combination with modern cellar techniques. Numerous awards at national and international competitions are the best proof for our wines‘ constantly high standard.

    Numerous awards
    • Gold at MundusVini 2009
    • Gold / Silver awards (Kammerpreismünzen) at the Landesweinprämierung 2009
    • Awards by the wine magazine Selection 2009
    • Silver at IWSC London 2009
    • Special award from the German Wine Institute for our labels in Braille 2010
    • Recommended by Gault Millau WineGuide 2011

    Our classified single vineyards
    We count some of the region‘s recognised top situations among our vineyards: the Burg Layer Schlossberg, the Dorsheimer Goldloch and the Dorsheimer Pittermännchen, as well as the Münsterer Pittersberg.
    The steep vineyards face the south and southwest, allowing for many hours of sunshine, which in turn allows the grapes to develop an opulent natural sweetness as they ripen. Our late harvests and our Auslesen, which can ripen here until late autumn, convince with power, body, elegance, and dense aromas. Mineral notes from the rocky soils as well as a delicate acidity perfectly complement the Auslesen.
    The exclusive single vineyard Bingerbrücker Römerberg (7 ha) is cultivated exclusively by the Pieroth winery. This hillside situation lies in a basin above the mouth of the river Nahe. Due to the Rhine‘s intense heat radiation, the grapevines start thriving very early here, before all other vineyards. This
    prolongs the vegetation period and allows the grapes to unfold their complete potential. Additionally, the schistose and quartzite containing soil stores the heat excellently and gives the Riesling a wonderful spiciness and character with mineral notes.

    Our Soil

    The interplay between soil, grape variety, particular climatic conditions, and the vintner‘s work reflect the flavour of its home. In this, the soil is a relatively constant factor. Existing soil formations and geographical particularities usually do not change lest for massive human intervention.

    Grape variety compilation
    • Riesling 44 %
    • Pinot Gris 5 %
    • Pinot Blanc 14 %
    • Scheurebe 4 %
    • Rivaner 14 %
    • Other 19 %

    Our classic varietals are a delightful introduction to wine. Fresh and fruity quality wines focus on grape variety and vintage influences. We develop these wines dry and semi-dry. Local wines / single site wines. Our local and single site wines grow exclusively in the top situations surrounding Burg Layen.
    The complex interplays between grapevines, soil and climate are reflected in these wines. They convince with dazzling elegance and a dense abundance of flavours. Mineral notes from the soils characterised by quartzite, Rotliegend and slate give these Riesling wines their distinctive character. Pieroth No 1
    The dry No 1 Riesling wines from the most precious of our winery‘s situations take a top position. Only the best, fully ripe grapes are selected and vinified very gently. Thus, fine and full-bodied wines which embody their geographical and varietal origins unmistakeably are produced.

    The spot.
    Is it possible to visualise taste and furthermore to make it tangible? With its bottle design, the Pieroth Winery on the Nahe has succeeded on both accounts. The visually ascertainable colour spot system enables seeing persons to differentiate between aromas. Ergonomically correct, Pieroth offers tactile information in Braille on the back label for the blind and the visually impaired.
    Pieroth has been putting Braille on all estate wines since the 2009 vintage, containing information on the winery, vintage, wine name and taste. This way enjoying wine is made easier for the blind and the visually impaired.

    Wine & Food

    ’09 Bertagna Vougeot Les Cras Premier Cru
    Just a sip of ‘09 Les Cras from Domaine Bertagna made me want to fully take advantage of its remarkable acidity and attractive oaky nuances.
    Medium to full body, white wines, like high quality Bourgogne match very well with shellfish, but I specifically selected scallops this time.  The intention being to create the best matching with the toastiness and hint of butter coming from aging process, in addition I used some butter in cooking.
    The fruitiness of wine and a woody touch from the oak help coax the sweetness of scallops. Also, the fresh clean acidity of the wine helps refresh the mouth after tasting the scallops, preparing the palate for another bite. My chopsticks would not stop picking up the scallops one after another. Alas, what joy!

    Grilled Scallop with Dill Butter on Top
    Ingredients (serves 4)
    Scallop 8 pieces
    Olive oil, just a little as you think proper
    Black truffles salt, just a pinch
    Black pepper, just a pinch (Roughly grounded)
    Dill (Minced)
    Sprinkle black truffle salt over the scallops. Spread olive oil on a frying pan, fry the scallops until the surface gets nice brown color, and then turn it over. Make sure the center of the scallop remains rare. Please do not grill too much.
    Set the scallops on a plate and serve with butter mixed well with dill on top of each scallop.
    Text by Mami Whelehan

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