Every year, as soon as summer arrives with decent temperatures, I get a "Schiller" out of the cellar. A Schiller? I already told the story of the Chur Schiller a year ago, probably two years ago and much earlier. So there's no reason to mention the wine again. Or is there? It was not the poet, but the "iridescent" colour of the wine that gave it its name. Historically - so the story goes - wine (a speciality of Chur) was actually a product of chance. "When Pinot Noir came to Graubünden in the 17th century, the winegrowers planted it with their white grapes and pressed the two varieties together, as is still the case today according to old tradition." So a "Mariage" (marriage) between white and red, hence the light red but strong colour. Apart from this story, two things are - more or less - striking for me: the extremely high alcohol content (14.7 %vol) and the long storage period. Let's talk about the alcohol: that's where the action is for a "summer wine". Those who reach for the light red (rosé-like) wine and think they have something light and cheerful in their glass that (in this heat) won't make their eyes and legs tired are probably mistaken. The colour is deceptive (as is often the case). It is not a typical summer wine, even if it is drunk cool and therefore fits into the summer. The other thing, the storability, on the other hand, surprised me. This wine will soon be eight years old and is not the least bit tired. It doesn't need this long storage - it doesn't become more clarified, more differentiated as so many reds do - but it bears the time, still seems fresh, tangy, enjoyable and fun. Nevertheless, I can assure you that I will drink the next Schiller much earlier; this bottle has just been hiding among the younger ones.