2013 Laumersheimer Steinbuckel Pinot Noir GG (Grosses Gewächs)
GG (Grosses Gewächs) or Grand Crus denote those wines from classified single vineyards that unmistakably reflect the influence of their microclimate and soil structure, and show especially high quality potential. Wines from these top sites are on a par with the finest international growths. In accordance with VDP guidelines, we use vineyard names only if the site meets the criteria for classification set forth in 1999.
Philipp Kuhn’s family has lived in Laumersheim since the 17th century, which has 880 inhabitants. There and in the surrounding villages of Großkarlbach and Dirmstein lie its vineyards. Since 1992 Philipp Kuhn Junior, who was only 20 years old at the time, has been in charge of wine cultivation and production at the winery estate and now we get to taste the remarkable wines which resulted in Newcomer Winery of the Year in 2011 by Gault Millau Guide, Best Riesling and Pinot Noir 2016 Vinum and avid fans all around the globe. The Kuhn estate covers 25 hectares in locations on the northern Pfalz with various Grosse Lage sites, like this one. The Pfalz, which begins south of Rheinhessen and is in effect the northward extension of Alsace's Vosges foothills, is the warmest and driest of Germany's Riesling regions, supporting fuller-bodied wines that are typically dry. In fact, the soil here, like Alsace, shows great diversity, marked by alluvial gravel and various types of sedimentary rocks, as opposed to the near exclusive domination of slate in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.
The 2013 vintage proved to be a challenging year forcing low yields in Pfalz (-6%) and Germany’s total wine volume in 2013 (8.4 million hectoliters) was down 7% from the previous vintage, which is 250,000 hectoliters under the ten-year average. That said, the more quality-conscious producers experienced much lower yields. In meteorological terms, 2013 was marked by a cool spring, late budbreak and uneven flowering. High in both acidity and dry extract, the 2013s were quite austere after bottling. Over the last several years however, the wines have gained both depth and body. The vintage also saw a great deal of botrytis. How these various components were managed at each individual estate was the key to success and again Philipp Kuhn mastered it well since this mouthwatering Spätburgunder even if it is on the pricier side since the harvest was extremely limited.
The Steinbuckel (stony slope) is a 150 meter high southern hill of a deep circular valley that contains large quantities of limestone rock. The cooler winds from the nearby Leininger Valley make the grapes ripen more slowly, and the characterful soil gives them their typical spiciness. “Steinbuckel” wines are the most long-lasting among Kuhn’s Great Growth (GG) wines. It a Pinot Noir of international calibre with a delicate, Burgundy-type character.
The grapes are hand-picked in several runs from October to November to guarantee perfectly ripe yet healthy grapes.
Fermentation is done by using the classical pulp method, which may take several weeks before all red wines are stored in wooden younger or new oak barrels for 16 to 20 months.
Alcohol: 14.5% by vol
Residual Sugar: 1.50 g/l
100% Pinot Noir
“Power is the game of this GG with its fair share of subtlety. Toasted sandalwood aromas may rule the early fragrance, but on the palate cherries deliver an almost eau-de-vie-like concentration and purity. The oak comes back in with dusty chocolate and spice, an almost medicinal notion reflects the contribution of minerality. Compact and full bodied with a firm tannic backbone, the Steinbuckel needs to be given a little time to show its softer side. Chill to 12-14° Celsius.” - 18/20 Jancis Robinson
This full-bodied GG pairs beautifully with sea crab, mussels or even a zesty oysters. Chill to 6-10° Celsius.
2014 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Riesling GG (Grosses Gewächs)
“Intense lemon flavors and a nice purity on the nose of the Kirchengarten lead to a rich, round, intense and elegant Riesling with a piquant, powerful, long and really promising finish. Drink this complex wine with its good tannin structure between 2020 and 2025.” - 92+ Robert Parker
Only very few bottles were produced so get your wines from the Pfalz now!
2012 Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling "Grosses Gewächs" GG
Wine Spectator called it one of the best dry German Riesling 2014 and together with various other crtiques this big, rich and spicy GG offers flavors of ripe apple and dried mango that feature plenty of toasty hints. Ripe lime and grapefruit elements chime in, leading to a finish filled with accents of tarragon cream. Unctuous yet balanced.
Only 3000 bottles were produced so get your share now!