Friedrich Becker | Pfalz
Thanks to a 1955 accord, the French got water rights to the springs of Schweigen and Friedrich Becker got rights to produce his wines. A deal that literally turned water into wine! We like it. For many years now, Friedrich Becker has been one of the most prestigious producers of Pinot Noir in Germany. Newcomer of the Year in 2006 and for eight of the last nine years the estate produced Germany’s top Pinot Noir as chosen by Gault-Millau. However, compared to the finest wines of Burgundy, Fritz Becker Senior and Junior found their wines too round, perhaps you should build your own opinion. Taste some of Germany's finest!
The estate is located in Schweigen, very far south of the Pfalz on the border of Alsace, The vineyards have been in the family for six generations. During that time, the border has, changed several times and 1945 left them straddling two sovereign nation states. Today, about two-thirds of Becker’s 35 acres (18ha) of vineyards are in Alsace with the remainder, as well as, the winery lying in Pfalz.
2015 Grauer Burgunder Kalkmergel
The estate is located in Schweigen, very far south of the Pfalz on the border of Alsace, The vineyards have been in the family for six generations. During that time, the border has, changed several times and 1945 left them straddling two sovereign nation states. Today, about two-thirds of Becker’s 35 acres (18ha) of vineyards are in Alsace with the remainder, as well as, the winery lying in Pfalz,
“Sourced in the two marl parcels, Rosslauf and Finstergasse (of the Sonnenberg in Schweigen), the 2015 Grauer Burgunder Kalkmergel is a Rosé-colored "white" wine whose pink grapes were macerated for 84 hours before pressing and aging on the lees for five months. The wine opens with a clear and refreshing bouquet, with fine Pinot and lemon aromas from limestone soils. On the palate, this Pinot Gris is dense, round and highly elegant, a beautifully balanced and nobly flowing wine; it has ripe and perfectly integrated acidity, as well as a good mineral backbone. Good ageing potential here.” - Robert Parker | 91 Points
2013 Weisser Burgunder Wormberg
Is the Becker wine “German” if it is technically grown in France? Yes, Fritz said, thanks to a 1955 accord that grants them and five other vineyards that right. In exchange, the French got water rights to the springs of Schweigen and some lumber rights from the local forest. A deal that turned water into wine; we like it.
“Becker's Pinot displays a brilliant, precise bouquet with white fruit and citrus aromas along with spicy and vegetal flavors. Fermented and aged in traditional oak barrels, this full-bodied, highly elegant and perfectly balanced Pinot Blanc is complex, concentrated and combines power with finesse and a long, well structured, slightly salty finish. Still young, this outstanding Pinot will reach its peak in two or three years and should keep its level for another 4-5 years.” - Robert Parker | 91 Points
2012 Spätburgunder ‘B’
The estate vineyards total 18 hectares, yet unusually, about 2/3 are located in what is now France. 60% of the vineyards are planted with the Burgundy grapes and Chardonnay; 22 % with Riesling and the rest with other local varieties. All of the vines are grown on chalky soils (limestone or chalky marl) and need their time to develop.
“Crisp blackberry and raspberry flavors shine brightly against a sultry backdrop of smoke, vanilla and spice in this luscious, full-bodied Pinot Noir. It's rich and rounded on the palate, but framed smartly by bitter edges of dried herb and fine tannins. It's a sensual wine, but taut and stately, likely to improve further through 2024.” - Wine Enthusiast | 94 Points
2012 Spätburgunder Steinwingert
From 30-year-old vines on shell limestone soils with a deep layer of clay and loam, the grapes are hand-picked and naturally fermented in stainless steel tanks before moved into small oak barrels for 15 months before bottling.
“Medium intense in its cherry color, the 2012 Spätburgunder Steinwingert opens clear, fresh and delicate with lovely, pure, refined fruit and floral aromas representing a very Burgundian Pinot style. Elegant, really fresh and grippy on the silky textured palate, this full-bodied wine reveals a good purity, freshness and tension, and finishes firm with a very good length. Very good aging potential.” - Robert Parker | 91 Points