Alan Koller, wine connoisseur and a member of the Bauhaus team, has created a new wine feature program called Secrets of the Cellar. We’ll be pairing up exclusive wines with dishes from our menus, breaking down the profile of each wine and why they’re so special. The first wine hails from Rheingau, Germany, August Kesseler’s 2013 Cuvée Max Pinot Noir.
The August Kesseler Winery has been around since 1924, and continues to be one of the few wineries to consistently produce world class Pinot Noirs that can rival some of the best that Burgundy and the New World have to offer. The Cuvée Max is Kesseler's flagship Pinot Noir and is only made in years where Mother Nature allows for the highest quality grapes to grow. This 2013 vintage was one of those years.
What should you expect from the Cuvée Max? Complexity is the first word that comes to mind. The classic black cherry, blueberry, and liquorice are all there as you would expect, but because of extended aging in large toasted barriques there are beautiful tones of black tea, smoke, and earth weaving its way through the rich fruit of the wine. What makes a wine a great wine is the length of conversation about the wine. The Cuvée Max is a long conversation. Each sip adds a new experience to the story.
Pair Kesseler's Pinot Noir with the Quail on the a la carte menu. With barley risotto, mushroom, and nettle, the dish is rich, succulent, and bursting with Spring's flavours, it's the ultimate pairing.