October 18th 2016
The stunning quality of top class German Pinot Noirs is one of the wine world’s best kept secrets. Germany’s cool climate combined with a new generation of engaged, young, inquisitive winemakers mean the country is producing some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world, with the Grands Crus – the Grosses Gewächs – rivalling Burgundy for finesse, elegance, mystery and beauty.
Father and son, Paul and Sebastian Fürst, have truly mastered this fickle grape variety in their 2014. The Fürst estate, established in 1638, has enjoyed consistent veneration for the superb quality of their ethereal, delicate, and astonishingly precise Pinot Noirs, known as Spätburgunder in German. The 2014 Grands Crus were recently released, and having been bowled over by samples tasted in the office we are so pleased to offer this small parcel.
As the Jancis Robinson note below mentions, even in a challenging year like 2014, the Fürst’s Centgrafenberg site can produce some of the all-time great German Pinot (giving the 2014 a whopping 18.5 points). 2015, by contrast, was a superb growing season for the Germans, and whilst the Grosses Gewächs 2015 will not be released until next autumn, the Tradition cuvée is available to buy. It is an excellent introduction to the high class calibre of German Pinot Noirs.
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Fürst Pinot Noir Tradition 2015
£80.00 per 6 bts IB / £111.00 per 6 bts inc VAT / £18.50 per bt
Pale ruby, with a cool red fruit aroma of currants and strawberries. A touch of smoke and cinnamon on the nose give it an attractive appeal, and there are some fine powdery tannins on the palate and nice freshness. A little blueberry and liquorice spice on the palate add modest complexity; this is a great introduction to the high class calibre of German Pinot Noirs. Drink 2017 – 2021 Goedhuis & Co
Fürst Pinot Noir Centgrafenberg Grosses Gewächs 2014
£270.00 per 6 bts IB / £339.00 per 6 bts inc VAT / £56.50 per bt
An aromatic explosion of sweetly ripe, pure red fruits. Mysterious and beautiful, this is mesmeric even in its youth. A smoky kiss of French oak enrobes the scented palate, and the lace-like tannins, pomegranate freshness and almost endless finish promise graceful ageing. Distinguished and delicious, and very Grand Gru. Drink 2018 – 2028 Goedhuis & Co
Every new vintage I discover that the Centgrafenberg is right up there in my list of all-time Spätburgunder greats, and even in a difficult vintage like 2014 its intricate composition of facets catches my enthusiasm. Spicy, smoky, mineral are just a few of the fragrant nuances, add dark fruit, chocolate and a faint herbal breeze, and complexity waits just around the corner of a further couple of years. The fine-tuning of tannins is exemplary, leaving enough room for fruit and minerality to express themselves. The benefit of experience is a wonderful thing! Drink 2017-2025, 18.5 points Jancis Robinson MW