VDP. Grosses Gewachs Tasting

Army and Navy Club, London

Tasted October 17, 2019 by kostaslonis with 48 views

Introduction

The first ever tasting of VDP GG wines in the formal VDP tasting manner outside of Germany. Event hosted by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London.
Amazing experience. The best way to taste wines. Some of the wines were quite dissapointing though

Flight 1 (72 notes)

White
2018 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz Siebeldinger Im Sonnenschein Weissburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
89 points
Flinty, struck match, lean, lime, citrus, a bit of unripe pineapple, bigger in the palate, high acidity, 13.5%, reductive, lime, lemon, medium finish
White
2018 Lothar Kessler Godramsteiner Münzberg Schlangenpfiff Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
92 points
Broader in the nose, ripe apple, brioche, there is a nice warm (even welcoming) nuance here. The wine is fresh in the palate, 13%, round and beautiful, high acidity, mineral driven long finish
White
2018 Weingut Kranz Ilbesheimer Kalmit Weissburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
89 points
Shy in the nose, the palate is better, a bit more character, citrus, ripe, 13.5%, lime and lemon, high acidity, medium finish
White
2018 Jürgen Ellwanger Winterbacher Hungerberg Weissburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
88 points
The wine shows mainly oak, plank, nutty roasted almond, the same in the palate, oak, no fruit, medium body, 12.5%, high acidity
White
2017 Staatsweingut Freiburg und Blankenhornsberg Blankenhornsberger Doktorgarten Weissburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Baden
Broad, ripe, stone and citrus fruit, oak and melon, much better pale, balanced, oak, nice fruit core, 14%m medium acidity and finish
White
2017 Dr. Heger Ihringer Winklerberg Weissburgunder Großes Gewächs trocken "Gras im Ofen" Germany, Baden
90 points
Shy and oaky in the nose, the palate is dry, lean, citrus, low to medium body, medium acidity, 13.5%, medium finish filled with green apple
White
2018 Horst Sauer Escherndorf Am Lumpen 1655 Silvaner Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
90 points
Warn and spicy, flinty, ripe lemon, brioche, 13.5%, lively fruit, high acidity, lime zest, playful with a serious side in it
White
2018 Rainer Sauer Escherndorf Am Lumpen 1655 Silvaner Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
Round, ripe melon, peach, lemon, green, minty fresh, the palate is easy, fresh, lime, high acidity, medium to high finish, 13.5%,
White
2017 Egon Schäffer Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
87 points
Very reductive, flinty, rubbery, the palate is easier, fresh lime, grapefruit, leafy, 13.5%,
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White
2017 Bickel Stumpf Frickenhäuser Kapellenberg Mönchshof Silvaner Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
90 points
Big, ripe, powerful, oaky, melon, peach, in the palate the oak is upfront, ripe fruit, nutty, medium to full body, medium acidity, long finish, 13.5%,
White
2018 Philipp Kuhn Zeller Schwarzer Herrgott Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Reductive in the nose with a bit of lime, the palate is like a fresh lemon (with the zest), pineapple, lemon, quince, 13%, high acidity, light, medium to long finish
White
2018 Philipp Kuhn Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
92 points
Very extrovert and playful, tropical fruit, mango and lime, like a ceviche (!), the same in the palate, like, tropical, minty, 12.5%, high acidity, long finish
White
2018 Weingut Rings Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
Very shy, a bit of lime zest, minty, easier palate, fruitier, brighter, 13%, medium body, high acidity, very fresh, medium finish, needs time 89
White
2018 Weingut Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Weilberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Round, almost creamy, ripe fruit, rounder palate, ripe lemon, green apple and pear, quince, nutty, medium acidity, 13%, medium to long finish.
White
2017 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl Riesling Germany, Pfalz
88 points
Quite reductive in the nose and underripe white fruit, the palate shows low intensity, not giving away much, medium to high acidity, 13%, medium finish
White
2017 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Ungeheuer Riesling Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Oaky in the nose, ripe fruit, nutty, brioche, almond, spicy, the palate is fresh, minty, lemon, tropical fruit, pineapple, medium to high acidity, 12.5%, a bit of reduction, medium finish
White
2018 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Bright and clean, citrus, pear, white berries and an overall sweet floral nuance, very elegant in the palate, fresh, lemon, lime, pineapple, 13%, light, medium acidity and finish
White
2018 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Deidesheimer Kalkofen Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
89 points
Shy not giving away much, just a bit of citrus and pear, 13%, leaner in palate, green, lemon zest, leaves, high acidity, medium body needs time
White
2018 A. Christmann Konigsbacher Idig Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
91 points
Ripe, white fruit, pear, apple, fragrant, nice in the palate, livery (if not a bit aggressive), high acidity, medium to full body, big bold flavours, 12.5%, medium to long finish, young needs time, love it
White
2018 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Im Breumel Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
88 points
Shy a bit colder than the others, bright palate, quince, 13%, lemon, lime, fresh green element, almost too young, medium body, short to medium finish
White
2018 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Fresh and elegant, ripe fruit, pear and green apple, lime freshness, light in the palate, lemon zest, fresh, very young, high acidity, long finish, 13.5%, would be interesting to see this with a few years on its back
White
2018 Weingut Gutzler Westhofener Morstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
89 points
Big bright, pear, apple, citrus, minty / leafy freshness, 13%, easy on the palate, green, possibly some residual sugar or just really ripe fruit (?) very weird and interesting, medium acidity and finish
White
2018 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Heerkretz Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
88 points
Fresh, green, leafy, minty, lemon and lime, 13%, nice in the palate, a bit of co2, medium acidity, light to medium body, medium finish
White
2018 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Höllberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
88 points
Quite shy fruit, some pear bits, 13%,green apple, nice acidity, lemon zest, light body, medium finish, easy drinking
White
2018 Weingut Winter Dittelsheimer Kloppberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
90 points
Riper, nutty, some floral notes, white fruit, creamy, prickly acidity in the palate, a bit aggressive, green, too young, citrus, tropical fruit, 13.5%,give it a few years, must find older vintages of this, should be interesting
White
2017 Prinz zu Salm-Dalberg (Schloss Wallhausen) Scharlachberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
91 points
Beautiful in the nose, minty, lemony, floral, white peach, the palate is very fresh, green, lime, high acidity, medium body, 13%, long finish, interesting and very interested to see this evolving
White
2018 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Nieder-Flörsheimer Frauenberg Riesling trocken Germany, Rheinhessen
92 points
Beautiful mild nose, fruit, spicy and lambic beer nuances (loving it), the palate is the same, wild beast, fruit, pear and apple, 12.5%, some gamey notes, high acidity, light, very easy to drink, utterly brilliant, interesting
White
2018 Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier Am Schwarzen Herrgott Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
88 points
Funky again (like the Nieder Frauberg) but without the fruit, only a bit of pear and apple, the palate is quite close though, funky, pear, apple, citrus, 12.5%, medium acidity, long finish
White
2018 Groebe Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
89 points
A bit reductive, ripe apple and pear essentially, chalky, 13%, dry palate, the fruit is riper, medium acidity, mineral, medium body and finish
White
2018 Groebe Westhofener Aulerde Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
89 points
Big, mineral, chalky, pear, cold fruit, green apple, 13%, easier and rounder palate, same fruit, green apple, mineral, pear, nice texture, easy altogether despite its youth
White
2018 Wittmann Westhofener Aulerde Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
89 points
Bright, med intensity, green apple, pear, lemon, austere, 13%, the palate is the same, green apple and pear, medium acidity, some reduction, medium body, medium to long finish
White
2018 Wittmann Westhofener Brunnenhauschen Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
90 points
Lean, strict, unripe pear, green apple, mineral, the palate is quite austere as well, chalky, mineral, lime juice, tropical fruit, high acidity, 13%, thin to medium body and medium finish, very young
White
2017 Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Pechstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
89 points
Reductive, funky but fruity, interesting, lime, green apple, pear, bright palate, big and extrovert, high acidity, short to medium finish, lime and tropical fruit, 12.5%, too young. 89+
White
2017 Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
94 points
Beautiful decadent in the nose, nutty, buttery, brioche, white fruit, equally glorious palate, high acidity, nutty, white ripe fruit, medium body, 13%, medium to long finish. I’m halfway through the tasting but damn that wine of the day for me
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White
2018 Weingut am Stein Stettener Stein Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
Floral, fruity, easy, light, green, some reduction in the nose, apple and pear in the palate, green, too young, 13.5%, high acidity, lean, medium finish, needs time
White
2018 Horst Sauer Escherndorf Am Lumpen 1655 Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
Bright, green, minty, lemon zest, green bean freshness, prickly acidity, lemon, lime, unripe pear and green apple in the palate, 13.5%, medium body and finish.
Probably freshly opened bottle, needs time
White
2018 Rainer Sauer Escherndorf Am Lumpen 1655 Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
Much riper in the style than the other Franken wines, white floral notes in the nose, white fruit, peach and creamy. The palate shows high acidity, 13%, green apple, almost painfully fresh in the mouth, light body, medium finish
White
2018 Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg Randersackerer Pfülben Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
A funky one again, earthy, gamey, lambic, like a Riesling, a bit pear like, the palate is powerful, high acidity, lime zest, there is rounding/sweet effect that is trying to creep in here but the balance is on the acid, 13.5%, young but feels interesting, short to medium finish
Red
2017 Meyer-Näkel Neuenahrer Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Ahr
90 points
The wine is beautiful, elegant and welcoming, earthy, oaky, spicy, 13.5%, red fruit, ripe cherry and berry. The palate is quite the same thing, welcoming, ripe red fruit, earthy, red cherry, easy to drink, savory, medium body, medium finish, brilliant
Red
2017 Meyer-Näkel Dernauer Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Ahr
89 points
A bit more on the savory side but with time more fruit emerges, cherry, currant, fragrant. In the palate, the wine is lighter than (20.1) but with more acidity, 13.5%, earthy, silky tannins, medium finish
Red
2017 J.J. Adeneuer Ahrweiler Rosenthal Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Ahr
90 points
Very fragrant, floral notes, ripe fresh fruit, cherry, currant, no oak, very light, palate is the same, elegant, slight savory, clean fruit, delicate tannins, 13.5%, medium body and finish
Red
2017 Jean Stodden Recher Herrenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Ahr
92 points
Earthier than the ones before in this line up, the oak is more pronounced, gamey and spicy. In the palate, the wine feels spicier, earthy, more red fruit, 13.5%, vanilla, medium finish. outstanding
Red
2017 Deutzerhof Mayschosser Mönchberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Ahr
90 points
The wine is very fruity and earthy, sweet oaky, spicy. In the palate, the wine is leaner than the nose, high acidity, 13.5%, oaky and a bit aggressive. I have a feeling this will be a great one, but not now. Can I find an older vintage?
White
2018 Dönnhoff Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Nahe
92 points
The wine is beautiful in the nose, fragrant, spicy, floral notes, citrus fruit with pear and green apple. In the palate, the wine is bright, high acidity, 13%, very young, very tight, long finish. This one will require a lot of time
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White
2018 Grans-Fassian Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
The wine is light and fruity in the nose, pear, and green apple, fragrant, like walking though a vegetable garden. The plate is bright, 13%, lively acidity, some reduction notes still hanging about, needs time, long finish
White
2018 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
90 points
The wine is a bit closed now, pear, green apple, fresh herbs, tea and sage. The wine is smooth in the palate, residual sugar, 13.5%, ripe apple and pear, medium balancing acidity, medium body, long finish
White
2018 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
89 points
The wine is smooth and easy on the nose, fruity, ripe white berries, apple and pear, flinty in the medium body, a bit more tight but also refreshing acidity, 13.5%, there is some residual sugar balancing everything out, smooth, to have by the glass on its own
White
2018 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
89 points
The wine shows pear and apple, lime and lemon, low to medium acidity, 12%, easy drinking, medium body, smooth
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White
2018 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
88 points
The wine shows reduction, pear, floral notes, green apple, medium acidity, 12%, needs time, medium finish
White
2018 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
93 points
The wine is slightly reductive, flinty, floral, white peach, beautiful palate, bright, citrus, green apple, medium acidity and finish. 13% outstanding
Red
2017 Jürgen Ellwanger Lemberger Hebsacker Berg Grosses Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
88 points
The wine shows fresh cherry, pomegranate, 13%, slightly spicy character, the palate is smooth, medium to high acidity, austere, medium finish
Red
2017 Karl Haidle Stettener Mönchberg Gehrnhalde Lemberger Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
The flight starts to get better, ripe red fruit, oak, savory, nutty, sweet spices, 13%, the same in the palate, high acidity, harsh tannins
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Red
2017 Rainer Schnaitmann Fellbacher Lämmler Lemberger Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
The wine shows ripe red fruit core, capsicum, cherries and currants, light oaky notes.
The wine shows the same profile in the palate, 13%, very fresh, high acidity, harsh tannins, aggressive but disappearing instantly !!
Red
2017 Weingut Heid Fellbacher Lämmler Lemberger Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
The wine shows very ripe fruit, savory, very ripe currant, cherry, raisin, prunes, chutney. In the palate, the wine feels strange, overripe, 13%, high acidity, low tannins and thin body. Wtf?
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Red
2017 Weingut Schnaitmann Fellbacher Lämmler Bergmandel Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
87 points
The wine shows reduction in nose and palate, ripe red fruit, apple, light palate, 13%, low acidity, aggressive tannins
Red
2017 Weingut Dautel Oberstenfelder Forstberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Württemberg
86 points
The wine shows very pale colour, a bit of oak medium intensity, 13%, the palate shows reduction, ripe red fruit, cherry and currant, a bit aggressive, needs to settle down, medium finish
Red
2017 Rudolf Fürst Centgrafenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Franken
89 points
Reduction, minty, capsicum, medium intensity in nose and palate, 13%, oaky frame, spicy, savory, high acidity, long finish
Red
2017 Rudolf Fürst Schlossberg Spätburgunder Germany, Franken
Nice fragrant red fruit, a bit of oak, the palate is light, medium to high acidity, aggressive altogether, 13.5%
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Red
2017 Weingut Salwey Oberrotweiler Kirchberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Baden
87 points
Fragrant, easy going, capsicum in both the nose and palate, 13%, harsh tannins, red fruit, long finish
Red
2017 Weingut Franz Keller Eichberg Spätburgunder Germany, Baden
Reductive, unbalanced, aggressive, same in the palate, 12.5%. Is this for real??
Red
2017 Staatsweingut Freiburg und Blankenhornsberg Blankenhornsberger Doktorgarten Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Baden
88 points
The wine is very fragrant and welcoming in the nose, savory, red cherry. In the palate, the wine shows light body, 13.5%, a bit savory, low to medium acidity, needs time
Red
2017 Dr. Heger Achkarrer Schlossberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Baden
88 points
The wine is very expressive floral notes, red fruit, nutty.
In the palate the wine is still a bit aggressive, rather young still, 13.5%, acidity and tannins upfront, it needs time, sweet spices, medium body and finish
Red
2017 Bernhard Huber Hecklinger Schlossberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Baden
The wine shows medium intensity, savory, ripe red fruit, floral notes, fragrant.
In the palate, the wine is light, easy, medium acidity, ripe cherry, currant, 13%, reduction, short to medium finish
Red
2015 Siegrist Leinsweiler Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
86 points
The wine shows high intensity in the nose, oaky, ripe to overripe fruit, vanilla.
In the palate the wine is the same, sweet spices, 13.5%, ripe red fruit, thick rum-like oak, medium finish
Red
2016 Weingut Münzberg Godramsteiner Munzberg Spätburgunder Schlangenpfiff Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
88 points
Light and easy, fragrant, red fruit with vegetal freshness and a few notes hiding in the back. The palate is light, oak, some tannins, medium to high acidity, 14.5%, mineral, needs time to integrate, medium finish
Red
2017 A. Christmann Konigsbacher Idig Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
89 points
The wine is very different, fragrant, like sticking your nose is fresh cabbage, fresh capsicum, round, medium intensity, weird. The palate is light, some oak notes, 12.5%, some reduction, easy to drink, medium finish
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Red
2017 Weingut Bernhart Schweigener Sonnenberg "Rädling" Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
88 points
The wine shows fruit with herbs (thyme and oregano), light, red cherry, 13%, palate light, savory, medium to high acidity, mineral, short to medium finish
Red
2017 Weingut Rings Kallstadter Saumagen Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
88 points
Bright, red fruit, spicy, cinnamon, savory, palate easy, 13%, low to medium acidity, red fruit, spicy, thick oak frame, short finish
Red
2016 Weingut Gutzler Westhofener Morstein Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen Germany, Rheinhessen
88 points
Easy going, light, red fruit, spicy, candy red fruit, the palate shows medium acidity, 13%, red fruit, medium finish
Red
2017 Neus Ingelheimer Horn Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
Again reductive but not as bad as Ingelheimer Pares, toast, bread and a bit of fruit. In the palate, I just can’t see the point of this, red cherry fruit, 13.5%, low to medium acidity, fine tannins, short finish
Red
2017 Neus Ingelheimer Pares Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
Awfully reductive to the point of faulty (am I the only one thinking this here ??).
In the palate, onion, reduction, 13.5%, and that’s it. Tannins? Acidity?
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Red
2017 Georg Müller Stiftung Hattenheimer Hassel Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheingau
88 points
The wine offers incense, sweet oak, almost rum-like and ripe red fruit.
The palate is quite easy, vanilla, candy-like sweetness, medium tannins, 13.5%, low to medium acidity, easy drinking red, there is a light heat from the alcohol
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