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I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Performance Pinot Noir
I have tasted the following wines in this Video:
2019 Weingut Meyer-Näkel Kräuterberg Spätburgunder GG AHR – 90 US$
2018 August Kesseler Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder GG 170 US$
2019 Weingut Keller Morstein Felix Alte Reben Spätburgunder GG RHEINHESSEN 800 US$
2019 Battenfeld Spanier Kirchenstück Spätburgunder GG RHEINHESSEN 50 US$
2012 Friedrich Becker Heydenreich Spätburgunder GG PFALZ
2014 Knipser Kirschgarten Spätburgunder GG PFALZ 50 US$
2005 Fürst Spätburgunder Centgrafenberg GG FRANKEN 110 US$
2019 Weingut Bernhard Huber Sommerhalde Spätburgunder BADEN 62 US$
2018 Salwey Spätburgunder Eichberg GG BADEN 50 US$
Spätburgunder, German for Pinot Noir, has a long history in Germany but for centuries it was a niche product. We say Spätburgunder and Spät rhymes with and means late– referring to the fact that it is late ripening. It was first mentioned in documents in the 14th century in Baden – in Germany’s South-West but in 1964 there was just 1,839 ha of Pinot Noir in Germany – mainly in the country’s warmest Region Baden. In the 1980s and 1990s, more producers were focusing on quality. With the rising temperature, more information on Pinot Noir winemaking and a market that was ready to pay more Pinot started to gain ground. While some entry-level Pinots are still pretty simple and some premium Pinots are still over-extracted or overoaked in Germany the trend is towards more elegant and more balanced wines. Spätburgunder today is the most widely planted red grape variety in Germany by far with 11,660 has of vineyards – that has increased by 4,500 ha since 1995.
Also, the prices for top Pinots have increased quite a bit over the last few years. They are still cheap compared to Burgundy but there are more and more premium wines selling above the 100 Euro mark. What many people forget is that Germany is the third biggest producer of Pinot Noir in the world – after France and the USA but ahead of New Zealand and Chile for example. But now let’s get into the selection last summer I attended a tasting of the VDP. I tasted my way through hundreds of the große Gewächs – or Grand Cru wines – of most of the best estates in Germany. I made a video on the best Rieslings from that tasting but I also selected the best Pinot Noir Große Gewächs wines. I decided, however, that I don’t just want to taste the most recent vintages so I assembled some young and some aged Pinots for you today. I am going North to South through Germany’s main Pinot producing regions and I will talk about the differences of the vineyards but also of the Pinot styles in different regions.