On Tuesday June 24th Les Marchands is the place to be as the King of Rheingau Riesling, Johannes Leitz, will be sitting down to dinner and pouring four of his wines. It is a rare thing indeed to have a German winemaker come to Les Marchands—even rarer still a modern master. Leitz is quite simply in another class of wine producers. Chef Weston is pairing one stunning Riesling-friendly dish after another, including his famed crispy pig ear salad and house-made ramen.
The price for the dinner is $89 per person
(exclusive of tax and gratuity)
Space as always is limited.
Crispy pig ear salad w/frisee, avocado, & herbs
Crab bisque, red curry, puffed rice
House made ramen, pork belly, spicy garlic pork broth, brussel sprouts, scallion
Pittig aged gouda, lavender honey, apricots
As Rheingau producers go, Joseph Leitz is at the top of the list. The winery (est. 1744) long predates the man, who shepherded nearly 40 vintages under his watch. He rebuilt the winery after it was completely destroyed in World War II. Johannes picked up the reins in 1985, continuing to build upon a powerful reputation by gobbling up some of the best Riesling holdings in the region.
Leitz carefully manages a strict collection of first growth Riesling vineyards in the village of Rüdesheim. Johannes trains his vines in a single-cane system, differing from the majority of Rheingau growers where the practice has long been a double-cane system. The soils on this westernmost side of the Rheingau are composed of quartzite, very old gray slate, as well as some iron rich slate. Leitz succeeds in producing wines that reflect the distinct terroir of his vineyards, wines of dense minerality that remain buoyant, fragrant, and texturally complex.