2020 Franz Keller Spätburgunder Schlossberg Grosses Gewächs

94.95 78.47
Type of Wine Red
Country Germany
Region Baden
Appellation Kaiserstuhl
Winery Franz Keller
Year 2020
Grape Pinot Noir
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2035
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Another fantastic and special Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) GG by Franz Keller. This Schlossberg Pinot Noir has beautiful and intense aromas of cherries, nuts, cloves and white pepper. Silky in texture, elegant. Fresh and firm with a slightly smoky flavour, increased minerality and pleasant acidity & tannins with a long, powerful finish. Preferably let this wine age for a few more years - it will develop very well over the years. The wine was aged for 18 months in barrique barrels (35% new oak). 95/100 Parker and 95/100 suckling

The wine comes from Keller's Schlossberg vineyard. The central part of this historically significant vineyard - warm, sheltered, steep slopes - stores heat and creates a unique microclimate. Acquiring this plot was not an easy undertaking for the winery! While walking through the vineyards, Fritz Keller saw the beginning of a beautiful vineyard. Since preserving old vines and their genetics is very important to him, he found out who owned the vineyard so that he could make an offer. Although the owners had no successor to work these steep slopes, selling the vineyard to someone from Oberbergen was not an option for the owners from Achkarren. Their attitude was: "An Achkarrer does not sell to Oberbergener!" Fortunately, Fritz Keller was able to prove that his mother was from Achkarren, so the owners finally said yes. Thanks to this effort, Schlossberg Grosses Gewächs is still a special and unique plot with old vines. Since 2009 the winery still has its own, manually cultivated plot here. This vineyard is surrounded by a stone wall and is characterized by its black volcanic soil. The stone wall is up to 4 meters high, about 150 meters long and, with proper care, will last for generations. Lizards, snakes and fire salamanders find shelter in the stone wall, especially in winter. The Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir growing here are a replanting of old vines

All vineyards of winery Franz Keller are located in the German Kaiserstuhl region, which is located in the Baden wine region. Keller is a specialist in 'Burgundersorten', so the Pinots and Chardonnay. Especially the Spätburgunders (sometimes called Pinot Noir because they work with clones from Burgundy) enjoy great international renown. Last year Magda van der Rijst considered it her 'favorite producer of Spätburgunder from all over Germany', this year Lars Daniëls puts another 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 Burgundersorts such as Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Chardonnay and Spätburgunder. Wijnhuis Keller has really beautifully situated vineyards, click here for an overview. At Keller, only the best, carefully selected grapes from the best vineyards and parcels are used: Schlossberg, Kirchberg, Eichberg, "Im Leh" and "Kähner". These wines mature in their best barrels and all have unique character, potential and finesse - truly unique grand crus!

The wine goes very well with a nice dinner with, for example, filet mignon, (roasted) game meat, truffle or porcini risotto. Also delicious with a cheese board.

Vineyard for 2020 Franz Keller Spätburgunder Schlossberg Grosses Gewächs

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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More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Germany
Region Baden
Appellation Kaiserstuhl
Winery Franz Keller
Grape Pinot Noir
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
James Suckling rating 95
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
Drink moments Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch, Summer party, Terras
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