I’ve been wondering how long it would take for this to happen. German Pinots offer some of the most affordable and pleasurable discoveries any Pinot lover could wish for. So it was no surprise to see this headline in today’s issue of “The Drinks Business” publication out of the UK.
According to chef Martin Lam, interviewed for this article, it has helped tremendously that German producers are switching their labeling from the traditional German word “Spätburgunder” (SPATE bur gunder) to the more internationally recognized “Pinot Noir” (same grape, different name). But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
I particularly liked Lam’s quote “…the top drops from Baden should be treated with the same respect as a top Burgundy“. And while this quote dips its toe into hyperbole, the truth is that the grape’s German name is a direct nod to the vines that gave birth to their vineyards, and the style is similar in its lightness.
The Baden area (Southwest Germany, see map) is East and a bit North of Burgundy, and this area is home to some of Germany’s best Pinots. I encourage you to ask for these from your favorite wine merchant, and to keep a watchful eye for some of them to appear in the Pinot section my own curated inventory at DaveTheWineMerchant.
Read the full article here – Lam: World is waking up to German Pinot.
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