WorldWine Tasting Highlight

2012-07-12

Germany's Sauvignon blanc 2011

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In 2010 already, we had benefited from the opportunity to taste German Sauvignon blancs, provided by the Sauvignon blanc trophy organized by wine journalist Mario Scheuermann from Hamburg, and had been very surprised by the quality of number of wines. This time, tasting the 50 finalists of the 2011 vintage, the surprise was less marked, but the quality of the wines to be tasted all the more striking. Of course, our own ratings differed somewhat of the jury average, and this is the reason why we have decided to publish the 33 wines which we liked best out of the 50.

Sauvignon blanc, up to some years ago a monoply of French, Kiwis, Austrians and some others, seem to have really conquered their place amidst Germany's white wine varieties. Even if it does not yet appear among the top 15 cultivated grapes in the 2010 statistics published by the German wine institute, in 2011 650 hectares were already planted with it, according to Scheuermann, and this would have been enough for a 12th place in the mentioned 2010 statistics, in front of Ortega, Huxel, Elbling and Faber. More impressive yet is how many producers come up with at least small productions of this ancient French variety, as well as the very high quality level which many of the wines showed. The best wines come from the Palatinate, followed by Rhine Hesse and Wuerttemberg.


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*****Weingut Sonnenberg - Nippgen - 67271 Neuleiningen, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut Dr. Andreas Schreiber - 67550 Worms-Abenheim, Rheinhessen Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut & Brennerei Stern - 76879 Hochstadt, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc *** 2011
*****Weingut Heid - 70734 Fellbach, Fellbacher Lämmler Sauvignon blanc *** 2011
*****Weingut Hubert Müller - 67487 Maikammer, Diedesfelder Paradies Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut Wageck Pfaffmann - 67281 Bissersheim, Bissersheimer Goldberg Sauvignon blanc *** 2011
*****Wein- und Sektgut Christel Currle - 70329 Stuttgart-Uhlbach, Uhlbacher Götzenberg Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut von Winning - 67146 Deidesheim, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut Christian Bamberger - Steinhardter Hof - 55566 Bad Sobernheim, Rheinhessen Sauvignon blanc 2011
*****Weingut Lichti - 67229 Laumersheim, Grosskarlbach Burgweg Sauvignon blanc 2011
***** ?Weingut Dr. Oberhofer - 67489 Kirrweiler, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
***** ?Weingut Gerhard Aldinger - 70734 Fellbach, Württemberg Cuvée „S“ 2011
***** ?Weingut Oliver Zeter - 67434 Neustadt / Weinstrasse, Pfalz Sauvignon blan Heiligenberg 2011
***** ?Weingut Karl H. Johner - 79235 Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen, Baden Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Franz - 55437 Appenheim, Rheinhessen Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Karl Wegner & Sohn - 67098 Bad Dürkheim, Dürkheimer Schenkenböhl Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Bernhart - 76889 Schweigen, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** + Pfaffenweiler Weinhaus - 79292 Pfaffenweiler Im Breisgau, Baden Sauvignon blanc Sanctus Clara 2011
**** +Weingut Anette Closheim - 55450 Langenlonsheim, Nahe Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Pfirmann - 76829 Landau, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Martin Waßmer - 79189 Bad Krozingen - Schlatt, Baden Sauvignon blanc 2011
**** +Weingut Markus Dobler - 71384 Weinstadt-Beutelsbach, Württemberg Sauvignon blanc *** 2011
**** +Weingut Hans Bader - 71394 Kernen-Stetten, Württemberg Visavis 2011
**** +Weingut Prinz - 65375 Oestrich-Winkel, Rheingau Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weingut Borell-Diehl - 76835 Hainfeld, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weingut Bergdolt-Reif und Nett - 67435 Duttweiler, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc Avantgarde 2011
****Weingut Weik - 67435 Neustadt-Mussbach, Gimmeldinger Meerspinne Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weingut Oliver Zeter - 67434 Neustadt / Weinstrasse, Pfalz Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weingut Martin Waßmer - 79189 Bad Krozingen - Schlatt, Baden Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weinbau Klopfer - 71384 Weinstadt-Grossheppach, Württemberg Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Winzergenossenschaft Burkheim am Kaiserstuhl eG - 79235 Burkheim, Burkheimer Feuerberg Sauvignon blanc 2011
****Weingut Oliver Zeter - 67434 Neustadt / Weinstrasse, Pfalz Fumé 2011
****Weingut Georg und Anja Merkle - 74343 Ochsenbach, Ochsenbacher Liebenberg Sauvignon blanc Stubensandstein 2011

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