Limerick hotel unveils new wine....at €228 a glass

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Kasia Mazur enjoys a glass of Chateau Margaux with Ronan Branigan, director of the  Savoy Hotel [Picture Michael Cowhey]
You mightn’t get it at the best of dinner parties ... not even at Martinstown or in Aras an Uachtarain. Limerick’s ardent connoisseurs of wine would only expect to see a bottle by visiting the famous Margaux vineyards in Bordeaux – but now you can buy it by the glass in the city. That’s if you’re happy to pay a cool €228.

You mightn’t get it at the best of dinner parties ... not even at Martinstown or in Aras an Uachtarain. Limerick’s ardent connoisseurs of wine would only expect to see a bottle by visiting the famous Margaux vineyards in Bordeaux – but now you can buy it by the glass in the city. That’s if you’re happy to pay a cool €228.

Selling at €2,000 a bottle, it’s no wonder that a glass of Château Margaux is not on the wine list of many restaurants in Ireland – or the world, for that matter.

But this magnificent wine can now be had at Limerick’s Savoy Hotel, the city’s only five-star establishment.

The Savoy has become the first hotel in the world to serve the iconic wine by the glass.

“The wine which is normally only available by the bottle sells in the region of €2,000 but is available at the Savoy in different sized servings.

Anyone ordering the full 150cl glass will also receive a limited edition cut glass wine decanter from Limerick’s bespoke jewellery house, J.J.Kenneally,” explains Ronan Branigan, director at the Savoy.

If you’re not feeling quite so flush, a half glass can be yours for €163. If that puts too much of a hole in your pocket and you’d still like to savour the wine, then €32.50 will get you what’s described as “a taste” – presumably enough to savour its legendary qualities.

Ronan is an avid wine collector and is delighted with the new offering. “Chateau Margaux is undoubtedly one of the great wine houses of the world. We have had interest in this from all over the globe with emails coming in from hotels and restaurants in Dubai, Hong Kong, New York and London looking to emulate what we have done here in Limerick,” he reveals.

“We have created a new wine room at the Savoy Bar on the ground floor which houses the custom-made, environment controlled ‘Enomatic’, which preserves the wine while also maintaining the temperature at a constant 18C,” he explains.

“Other wines featured in the wine room by the glass are Cloudy Bay, Chablis, Meursault and Chateauneuf de Pape. Our customers also get full access to the wine experience with their own wine dispense cards which can be purchased at the bar.”

The Chateau Margaux was unveiled to help launch the new Gastronomic Discovery menu at the Savoy.

Executive chef Bryan McCarthy has created a late spring gastronomic ‘tour de force’ featuring all the very best from the local larder.

Margaux and was one of four wines to achieve Premier cru (first growth) status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855.

The estate’s best wines are very expensive. The estate is located in the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region.

The average annual production of the Grand vin, Château Margaux, is 150,000 bottles, while the second wine Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux has an average production of 200,000 bottles.

The dry white Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux has a production of around 35,000 bottles.