2014 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Riesling GG (Grosses Gewächs)

2014 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Riesling 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.

Producer

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.

Vintage

2014 was a vintage that challenged the skills of any vintner. Warm nights and high humidity, rain, hail in places and the first-time arrival of the Cherry Vinegar fly or Spotted Wing Drosophila across some wine regions made the work in the vineyards extremely difficult and separated the "good" from the "average" producer. Despite the challenges, the grapes had no trouble reaching physiological ripeness and Philipp Kuhn was able to create a wine with remarkable depth and elegancy that gained overall praise.

Vineyard Site

This vineyard was first mentioned in 1654 ”im Kirschgarten“ (literal ”in the cherry orchard“). It benefits from favourable growing conditions as it is sheltered by westerly woodland and peripheral houses as well as protected from cold westerly winds by the Ohlenberg height to the west. The Kirschgarten is located at the exact spot where the land breaks away towards the Rhine Valley. With massive, primeval limestone rock formations underpinning the loess loam which gives these powerful, voluminous Riesling a mineral structure that is still rich in finesse and has the intensive scent of very ripe yellow fruits.

Harvest

The white wines are predominantly produced with the help of reductive measures using stainless steel tanks or old wooden barrels. All grapes are picked by hand. After the grapes have been removed from their stem and, depending on the quality and type of wine, the pulp is left unattended for a certain amount of time.

Vinification

Fermentation takes place for several months in small stainless steel tanks after the musts settle.

Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5% by vol
Acidity: 7.00
Residual Sugar: 4.40 g/l
Grape Variery
100% Riesling

Tasting Notes

“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

Food Match

This full-bodied GG pairs beautifully with sea crab, mussels or even a zesty oysters. Chill to 6-10° Celsius.