New adventures in Spätburgunder



Half a year of sampling through a bunch of German Spätburgunder wines in the lower price range is coming to an end. Pinot Noir wines retailing at EUR 8-12 and given scores between 85-88 p are really impressive and hard to beat. Few burgundies, if none, can deliver at this level and if you’re a fan of the more traditional style of pinot then the German’s should be a mandatory part of your purchase list.
Another winner is the 2008 Burg Ravensburg Spätburgunder from Baden. The estate is located in the commune of Sulzfeld and this is no newcomer; wine has been cultivated since the 1250’s! Still owned by the barons of the Ravensburg castle and as always when in Baden, the red’s dominate. Göler von Ravensburg sits on some grand cru sites, Grosses Gewächs, which they have monopoly on – Burg Ravensburger Dicker Franz, Burg Ravensburger Husarenkappe and the Burg Ravensburger Löchle are all representing some of the best sites for Baden Pinot.
Let’s start with their basic wine though. The 2008 shows typical light red colour but gives away more on the nose. Strawberries, spices, wet earth packed in a juicy and most appealing style. The taste is delicate with fine balance between acidity and fruit and filled with pinot character. A bit of funk on the taste sends me to the compost but a floral touch ends this wines nicely. Not long or a wine you will remember one month later, but the immediate joy when drinking it is hard to beat. Also among less wine interested guests the wine quickly went down which. Baden Pinot makes people talk obviously!
If you’re not a rosé wine fan then consider this instead. Slightly chilled it does the job just as well with white fishes as with pork or chicken! retails at EUR 8,55 which makes it a real bargain.
(2008 Burg Ravensburg, Spätburgunder, Baden, 86 points)