Oliver McCrum wrote: For example, Chenin Blanc is a great, noble variety despite the fact that it only makes serious wine in one place.
Peter May wrote:
And that place is South Africa -- unless you meant makes serious wine in two places
Jenise wrote: It's the most useless, boring, white wine grape I know.
Peter Ruhrberg wrote:Weissburgunder is taken quite seriously in Germany, and at least in the Pfalz is recognized as a 1 Gewächs grape. I'm not sure anyone imports them to the US, but look for Bergdoldt or Wehrheim for example, or Schneider from Baden. Their best Weissbuigunders are more serious than anything I've seen from Alsace.
OW Holmes wrote:Jenise wrote: It's the most useless, boring, white wine grape I know.
For me, that pretty much describes chardonnay, at least as done (oaked) by most Cal wineries.
Jenise wrote:But I'm curious about your statement that the best Weissburgunders are more serious than anything from Alsace. Can you elaborate on what makes the German versions more 'serious'?
David M. Bueker wrote:
I can't recall a single S. African Chenin I have liked. Got any good recommendations?
Jenise wrote:Oliver, I can understand why you'd say that, but I'd still postulate that the worst California chardonnay I've had is still better than the best California pinot blanc I've had.
Peter, thanks for the names. David says weissburgunder isn't imported, and he would know better than anyone, but odd things do occasionally turn up at auctions. I've found more than one will-never-find-it-here wine that way, so I keep a list of things to look for. I'll put Bergdolt, Wehrheim and Schneider on that list.
But I'm curious about your statement that the best Weissburgunders are more serious than anything from Alsace. Can you elaborate on what makes the German versions more 'serious'?
Steve Edmunds wrote:
The first reason is that they're different grapes! (As I mentioned in my previous post!)
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