Outside of the spiritual home of Pinot Noir lies an altogether un-thought of ‘home from home’ for this great Burgundian variety, in Germany’s heartland: Franken. The Pinot Noir that grows here, in the Burgstadter Berg vineyard, is known as Fruhburgunder meaning early ripening Pinot. Fruh literally translates as Early.
The Furst family have been making wine in this part of the world since 1638. With such a deep knowledge of grape growing and winemaking, Sebastian Furst, the latest generation, has a wealth of experience to draw from. Alongside this, he recently returned from studying in Nuits St Georges to now pick up the baton of producing top quality Franken wines.
This expression of Fruburgunder from the Burgstadter vineyard is of exceptional quality. Furst are members of the prestigious growers association called the Verband Deutscher Pradikatsweinguter or VDP for short! In lieu of a classification system, similar to that of Burgundy, they created their own ways of distinguishing the best sites. This wine is an Erste Lage, literally means ‘First Site’, otherwise known in Burgundy as Grand Cru. Comprising of only 11 hectares with 20 precise plots of iron rich red sandstone soil, the vineyard philosophy is of minimal intervention with a careful control to ensure low yields. The grapes are crushed by foot, the use of sulphur dioxide is kept to a minimum too. The wine is fermented on skins in open-top barrels and matured in the finest French oak from very select Burgundian coopers for 12-20 months. There is no effort spared to make this top class Pinot Noir.
This is dry (0.1 grams per litre of residual sugar!), full bodied with lots of smoked, roasted meat, herbs and subtle spices blending with pure dark fruits and red cherry. Smooth and rounded with fresh acidity and a long savoury finish. This is serious Pinot Noir!
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