Kreuz, Spätburgunder, Grosses Gewächs

Kreuz, Spätburgunder, Grosses Gewächs, 2021




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Kühling-Gillot, Kreuz, Spätburgunder, Grosses Gewächs, 2021


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Kühling-Gillot, Kreuz, Spätburgunder, Grosses Gewächs, 2021

Kreuz GG wafts from the glass with purpose. Well-delineated notes of strawberry, kirsch and ripe plums prance with cassis and hedgerow fruits. Playful and up front with pliant tannins, it is however no caricature – there are allspice and earth notes too. It’s all delivered in a smooth, easy way, polished by quality French oak. This is a ’21 GG that delivers pleasure from the beginning. Kreuz plays home to the first grafted Burgundian clones in Germany, planted at the same time as Huber’s Wildenstein. The rootstocks in this Oppenheim vineyard are an impressive 70 years old and the plants date back to 1996. On a gentle incline of 30%, facing southeast, the soils are loess and limestone. Aged in French barrique.






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Kuhling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier represent two estates brought together by marriage but produced by one winemaking team in one cellar. Their focus is on producing great dry wines from top Rheinhessen vineyards with a minimum of intervention. In doing so they favour the savoury and the mineral over the overtly fruity. The Kuhling-Gillot vineyards are located in the Northern Rheinhessen, close to the river, in the red slate heartland between the villages of Nackenheim and Oppenheim. The estate’s history dates back over 200 years, though under different names: the family’s female side has run the estate for generation. Battenfeld-Spanier is a younger affair, set up by the ambitious Oliver Spanier in 1993. His vineyards are a further south, centred around the villages of Hohen-Sulzen, Nieder-Florsheim and Molsheim. Both estates are run to certified Biodynamic principals and without the use of fertilizer or pesticides. After hand harvesting, the grapes are kept on their skins for between 8 hours and three days depending on the vintage, before being fermented spontaneously. Vinification for all dry wines is done in 1200 litre wooden barrels, with constant topping up to minimize oxidation, the wines staying on their fine lees until the day of bottling. Of the two estates, the Kuhling-Gillot wines tend to be planted on slate soils while the Battenfeld-Spanier wines are all on limestone. The differences between the two soils types are rendered beautifully clearly because of the identical winemaking; the wines from limestone soils quiver with energy and cool minerality, those from slate tending more to tranquility and warm, fluid minerality. These two estates, run by the young, enthusiastic husband and wife team of Olivier and Carolin, are making some of Germany's most exciting dry wines and we are delighted to be bringing them into the UK for the first time.

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