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In the past few years, top U.S. publications have written bold headlines like, “Germany Might Be Producing the Best Pinot Noirs Available Today” (Fortune), “Your New Favorite Region For Pinots Is In Germany” (VinePair), and “German Pinot Noir Is the Buzzy Alternative to Pricey Burgundy” (Bloomberg). Clearly, it’s high time you tried Spätburgunder (Germany’s name for Pinot Noir).
Pinot Noir is the cool kid on the block, being able to pull off any style (classic red, rosé, sparkling, and even white) and getting invited everywhere (it’s produced in almost every major wine-producing country). But this grape is selective in where it shines and is sensitive to climate and soil. One of it’s favorite places to hang is in Germany, where it reaches top form in the country’s cooler climate.
In fact, Germany is the third largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world, after France and the U.S. The majority of plantings are in Baden and the Pfalz, with the highest concentration in the Ahr, but Spätburgunder has found a home in all 13 German winemaking regions. It’s undoubtedly Germany’s most important red variety.
Try these 5 Spätburgunders to see what all the hype is about!
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