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A few months ago, the Hessische Staatsweingüter presented a series of decades-old Pinot Noirs from the Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, leaving little doubt that the wines from this famous vineyard can easily compete with first-class Pinot Noirs from Burgundy in terms of quality and longevity. What was missing was proof. Proof that only a direct comparison could provide.

So the colleagues from the wine magazine "Fine" searched mainly among private wine lovers for old Burgundies that could prove to be worthy counterparts to the challenger from the Rheingau. They found what they were looking for. Even if not every vintage was equally strong, some of the biggest names from this wine region, which is not exactly lacking in legends, were among the rarities from Burgundy.