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We have tasted well over 600 Pinot Noirs from Germany in recent months. The fact that more than 100 of them received a score of 90 points or more makes it clear how well the German Pinot Noir producers have mastered their profession today. It is true that there is not a Musigny or La Tache growing on every corner, as the sometimes absurdly inflated results of some competitions and tasters would have us believe recently. However, German Pinot Noir as a whole has reached a level that one could hardly have imagined just 10 years ago. Although it is still not taken seriously as a red wine region by many wine lovers, Germany has thus become Burgundy's most important competitor when it comes to Pinot Noir in recent years.

Again, one has to say. For German Pinots were once world-famous and expensive. And even today, some of the country's best Pinot Noirs come from the top vineyards that were revered centuries ago. But not only that. Many first-class Pinot Noirs grow today in sites that were previously completely unknown for top red wines. The exciting topic of the next 20 years will be to find out which of these sites really have the prerequisites to produce great and independent wines. Many producers have to find their style first. There is still a lot of experimentation going on, and only a few producers are already so far along that it is only a matter of making the final fine adjustments on the way to great Pinot Noir. But that is, firstly, no wonder, given the few years that this quality revolution has had so far, and secondly, we have already experienced in these few years how quickly the development is progressing. So we will hardly have to wait another generation. And it's not as if we don't have enough to do by then to drink away all the excellent German Pinot Noirs that already exist today.