2020 Franz Keller Spätburgunder Eichberg Grosses Gewächs
Very nice Pinot Noir (or Spätburgunder) from the German region of Kaiserstuhl, which is located in the Baden wine region. Producer of this wine is the authentic winery Franz Keller . Keller is a specialist in 'Burgundersorten', so the Pinots and Chardonnay. Especially the Spätburgunders (sometimes also called Pinot noir because they work with clones from Burgundy) enjoy great international prestige. Magda van der Rijst thought it was her 'favorite producer of Spätburgunder from all over Germany' last year, but this year Lars Daniëls has once again put a wine from Keller in his shortlist during the Grosse Gewächse tasting in Wiesbaden.
The Kaiserstuhl is the warmest and sunniest wine region in Germany and is characterized by volcanic soils covered with fertile high loess deposits that provide excellent wine-growing conditions for what in Germany they call the Burgundersorten such as Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Chardonnay and Spätburgunder. Wijnhuis Keller has truly beautiful vineyards, click here for an overview. At Keller, only the best, carefully selected grapes from the best vineyards and plots are used: Schlossberg, Kirchberg, Eichberg, "Im Leh" and "Kähner". Aged in their best casks, these wines each have a unique character, potential and finesse - truly unique grand crus!
This Grosses Gewachs Spätburgunder comes from the Eichberg vineyard. The plot that is located in the lower half of this vineyard was planted in 1994 by Fritz Keller with only Pinot Noir clones from Burgundy. This vineyard has tephrit soil and is located on the south, partly southeast and southwest, is one of the warmest locations of the winery. The dark volcanic soil leads to a distinctive, rather masculine Pinot Noir that is powerful and animated, with notes of tar and increasing maturity.
The wine has matured for 18 months in barrique barrels (35% new oak) and has great aromas of beautiful dark cherries and spices. This Eichberg Pinot Noir is much more masculine compared to, for example, the Kirchberg and the other vineyards. Oak is present, yet pleasant especially at the moment despite its youth. Powerful wine with fine tannins and a long, concentrated finish. Can be stored for quite a few more years, which will only make this powerhouse even more beautiful.
The wine goes very well with a nice dinner with, for example, fried or stewed red meat, with powerful, tasty sauces and also delicious with a cheese board with Epoisses cheese, for example.
Franz Keller - expressive, ambitious wines from the Kaiserstuhl
The Franz Keller winery is located near the border with France in the southern German town of Vogtsburg im Kaiserstuhl, part of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Franz Keller winery has several vineyards in the Kaiserstuhl, which is part of the wine region of Baden. The Kaiserstuhl is Germany's warmest and sunniest wine region and is characterized by volcanic soils covered with fertile high loess deposits that provide excellent wine growing conditions for what they call Burgundersorten in Germany such as Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Chardonnay and Spätburgunder. The volcanic soils vary widely from vineyard to vineyard. This soil diversity contributes enormously to the exciting taste variation of the wines of this authentic winery.
The natural terraced environment is symbiotic with the winery, allowing gravity to be used during the wine production process. In addition, the unique architecture has been designed in such a way that wine production, cellar, tasting room and the restaurant KellerWirtschaft all fit under one roof. Fun fact about this roof: it is covered with native crops from Badberg, a nearby nature reserve. In this way, the natural conditions are enhanced by the building and its structure. Partly because the building has been dug into the ground, creating the optimal climatic conditions for wine maturation and storage.
Franz Keller - Schwarzer Adler is a gastronomic concept in Baden and actually in the rest of Germany. The company consists of a wine domain, wine import, wine trade, hotel and no less than 3 restaurants. Restaurant Schwarzer Adler has had a Michelin star continuously since 1969, making it the longest owner of all restaurants in Germany. The company is now owned by Fritz Keller, a man with boundless energy and lots of ideas.
His son Friedrich is mainly involved in wine making. The name Franz Keller stands for dry, refreshing, fruity but also complex and mineral-driven powerful wines. The wines are always of excellent, impeccable quality and are highly appreciated in Germany and far beyond, such as up to 94 points Parker and 5 stars Eichelmann. The winery considers it very important that the terroir, the origin and the character of the wine are reflected in the taste. The winemaking approach is inspired by the wines and the "savoir-vivre" of their French neighbors. The aim of this winery has been from the very beginning to make wines that are the perfect accompaniment to good food.
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|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||96|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Red fruit, Flexible, Full|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch, Summer party, Terras|