In the world of wine, Germany is synonymous with Riesling. It is true that this variety represents a quarter of the country’s vines. However, the world’s ninth largest producer has more to offer. Here are four bottles that demonstrate it.
After France and the United States, Germany is the third largest producer of pinot noir in the world! In this country, it bears the name of Spätburgunder and the winegrowers use it, among other things, to produce magnificent rosés. This is the case with this rosé from the Burklin-Wolf estate. In the Pfalz region, located between the end of the Vosges and the Rhine River, this family vineyard was founded in 1597. And 400 years later, it applies the rules of biodynamics and stands out for the quality of its cuvées. Its rosé smells of red fruits and lilac. Its juicy attack is followed by an enveloping texture that betrays a slight trace of residual sugar. The perfect wine to open the meal accompanied by a gazpacho, especially with its 11.5% alcohol content.
Even more pinot
In the south of the country, on the border with Alsace, the vineyards of Baden are backed by the black forest. They are therefore oriented to the west. This exposure allows the grapes to ripen further. This is why this region is nicknamed Germany’s pinot paradise. Burg Ravensburg is one of the oldest estates in the country. It was first mentioned in 1251. Today the estate has more than 100 hectares cultivated according to the rules of organic and biodynamic agriculture. This Pinot Noir is classic with its notes of cherry, raw meat, a hint of spice and flowers. Both concentrated and airy, it’s a great choice for barbecued chicken.
The love of pinot blanc
In the vast majority of wine regions, Pinot Blanc is not the most popular grape variety. This is not the case in Germany. Often more powerful and intense than Chardonnay, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc in German) produces great wines, as demonstrated by this cuvée from Domaine Christmann. Steffen and Sophie, father and daughter, magnify the Mittelhaardter terroir in the Pfalz region. Made from old pinot blanc vines, this wine is vinified in large 2400-litre casks. The aging brings subtle notes of spices, smoke and above all, a rounder texture. Enjoy now with salmon or cellar.
One liter is the traditional format for wine bottles in Germany. Although the popularity of this format has declined in recent decades, in favor of 750 ml bottles, it is making a strong comeback among young winegrowers, among others. Bianka and Daniel Schmitt are part of the lot. The couple are settled in the Rheinessen, a region looked down upon in recent decades because of overproduction. Their natural wines add a breath of fresh air. This unusual blend of Huxelrebe, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Sämling is a fine example. After a short maceration of the skins (like an orange wine), this white is fragrant and subtly spicy. It’s crunchy, juicy and perfect for an aperitif.