In a vintage like the magnificent 2015 the Fürst mastery is on full display. This Grosses Gewächs (grand cru) is hypnotically good. It is such a complex wine – smoky, mineral, spicy – with a delicate touch. Its sweet red berry fruit core with scented dried herbs flickers across the palate as if almost weightless. Fine, powdery tannins offer discreet support to the fruit. Graceful and gorgeous.
Fürst are a leading name in the world of German Pinot Noir, and in a vintage like the magnificent 2015 their mastery is on full display. This Grosses Gewächs (equivalent to ‘grand cru’) is hypnotically good. It is such a complex wine – smoky, mineral, spicy – with a delicate touch. It’s sweet red berry fruit core with scented dried herbs flickers across the palate as if almost weightless. Fine, powdery tannins offer discreet support to the fruit. Graceful and gorgeous.
The ruby colored 2015 Centgrafenberg Spätburgunder GG opens with a deep, pure, spicy and fresh bouquet of ripe cherries and red berries along with crushed stone aromas. Full-bodied, intense and powerful on the palate, this is a concentrated, ripe and full-bodied Pinot Noir with great tension, freshness, finesse and elegance. Thanks to a prominent part of whole clusters (55%), this is tightly structured by firm tannins. Very stimulating. Drink 2018 - 2032
Lightly smoky nose. Sweet start and lots of interest. Strawberries and gherkins – surprisingly nice mix! Fresh, unforced finish. Long – peacock's tail finish. Light and fresh. Drink 2017-2025
One of the most famous names of German Pinot for those in know, the Fürsts have been growing grapes since 1638. Paul Fürst, the current family member at the helm, took over the estate in 1975. Dynamic and determined, he increased the family vineyard holdings from 6 to 50 hectares and established Burgundian vinification methods. Today, they produce some of the most delicious Pinot Noirs in Germany. Pure, silky and terroir-driven, they embody Germany’s poised and ethereal style at its best which Paul describes as ‘crystalline and elegant’.
This region in central Germany is mainly planted with white varieties. However, the small proportion of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) plantings – only 20% of the vineyard area – mean it is emerging as Germany’s premium red wine producing region, thanks especially to growers like Paul Fürst, whose crystalline, pure wines are leading the way. Growers are planting with Dijon clones, which produce silky, precise wines. The cru system here (Grosse Gewäch = Grand Cru) will reward any Pinot lover looking for exemplary quality beyond Burgundy.