Philipp Kuhn | Pfalz
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.
About the Pfalz: At 23,400 hectares in size, the Pfalz is Germany's second-largest wine-growing region. Although Pinot Noir from certain estates can be excellent, the centrally located Mittelhaardt is better known for its dry Rieslings, produced in an almost Alsatian style. With nearly 12,500 acres dedicated to the grape, the Pfalz can now boast the most extensive plantings of Riesling in the world, surpassing even the Mosel. Few consumers realize that almost 40% of the Pfalz’s vineyards are now planted with red grapes, and that Pinot Noir from the southern part of the region near the Alsatian border are exceptional.
2013 Laumersheimer Steinbuckel Pinot Noir GG (Grosses Gewächs)
Philipp Kuhn is focused on producing delicate wines with a powerful body and excellent durability. 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 Pfalz 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 2016 by Feinschmecker and Vinum and avid fans all around the world.
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.
2014 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Riesling GG (Grosses Gewächs)
This vineyard Kirschgarten - ”in the cherry orchard“ - benefits from favourable growing conditions as it is located at the exact spot where the land breaks away towards the Rhine Valley. Its massive, primeval limestone rock formations underpinning the loess loam gives these powerful, voluminous Riesling a mineral structure that is still rich in finesse and has the intensive scent of very ripe yellow fruits.
“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