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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:18 am

Lars,

Several years ago I downloaded a German wine classification sheet from Rudi Wiest. It has a line at the top of the trocken column that says "at .9% RS minimum acid needed is .7%" I have never seen reference to that type of requirement since. Are there currently restrictions around sugar/acid levels in the GG requirements?
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:32 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Lars,

Several years ago I downloaded a German wine classification sheet from Rudi Wiest. It has a line at the top of the trocken column that says "at .9% RS minimum acid needed is .7%" I have never seen reference to that type of requirement since. Are there currently restrictions around sugar/acid levels in the GG requirements?


David, that's still the case for legally dry (i.e., trocken) German Rieslings, including the VDP's GG category. The only change in the wine law is a tolerance limit of 10 g/l RS with the corresponding acidity. The Bernkasteler Ring's Grosses Gewächs use to have a limit of 11 g/l RS a couple of years ago.
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:37 am

So acid has to be within .2% of the RS?(.9 to .7, .8 to .6 and so on)?
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:48 am

David M. Bueker wrote:So acid has to be within .2% of the RS?(.9 to .7, .8 to .6 and so on)?


It's actually still 9 g/l RS (with the requisite acidity x max 1.5 RS). For example, 6 g/l acidity x 1.5 = 9, so that the wine can have up to 9 g/l RS. With 5 g/l acidity, it would be up to 7.5 g/l RS. There can be wines with 9 g/l RS, but not enough acidity. The new tolerance limit of 10 g/l RS requires the corresponding acidity and must pass a sensory test.
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:03 am

Thanks. None of the references I have on hand have the calculation, just an example.
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Bill Hooper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:32 pm

I had an interesting conversation today that pertains to this discussion. Some of the big names of the Mittelhaardt (Bassermann-Jordan, von Winning, Acham-Magin and von Buhl in particular) that use Grosse Lage vineyards to make some of their smaller wines (wines that don’t qualify for GG primarily because the must-weight is too low or probably closer to the truth, the yield too high) are upset that they cannot use these vineyard names on the label. Take the Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten for example. Bassermann-Jordan currently makes a Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Kabinett Trocken from their holdings there. They do not make a GG from it, but cannot use the name on a bottle of lower quality (or shall we say ‘lower-must weight than Spätlese’) as of the 2012 vintage.

On the one hand, I can understand their frustration (also because I buy that wine every year).

On the other hand, B-Js holdings in that vineyard are not Grand Cru by any stretch –that they can name it Paradiesgarten at all is solely because of vineyard expansion resulting from the 1971 wine-law. Von Buhl has better parcels there and does make a GG. Bassermann will now technically have to call it Deidesheimer Riesling Trocken Qualitätswein. A rose by any other name…

Sooo. One could conclude that this new rule does go a little further in rectifying some of the damage done by the 1971 law-change, though admittedly at the expense of describing the most exact local of the vineyard from which the wine was made.

This is especially problematic for large producers in the most tradition-rich or traditionally famous wine regions of Germany (the Mittelmosel, Mittelhaardt of the Pfalz, and the whole damn Rheingau) because the vineyard names are so established and because a large quantity of those established vineyards are Grosse Lage classified. Furthermore, the largest producers of these regions often own parcels in many, if not most (or even all) of these Grosse Lage vineyards in a particular village. This potentially limits to a great extent how many different bottlings they can produce from a village or forces them to up the must-weight or lower the yield and label them ‘GG’.

Hmmm. This story isn’t over yet. And we still haven’t received a list of Erste Lagen vineyards…

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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:49 pm

Bill, I've brought up various points before, including in my Kabinett article, but David Schildknecht's "Problem(s) with Grosses Gewächs" from a few years ago is worth linking here. http://forum.weinlakai.de/showthread.ph ... 79#pid1279

By the way, I've learned that the Grosser Ring (VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer) will not declare any Erste Lage sites.
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:32 am

Over the past year I have revisited this thread a number of times. In my mind, it was thread of the year.

Oh, sampling an `09 Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg as I write :D .
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:54 am

Zombie thread!
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:40 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Zombie thread!

Why did it arise from the dead? I almost wondered if Chris Coad was back. :mrgreen:
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:32 pm

I think it makes for some very interesting reading, especially for the few German riesling officianados here :lol: .
I am still trying to understand all the thinking here :twisted: :mrgreen: .
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Tim York » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:31 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Zombie thread!


Zombie thread why? Removal men move in on Wednesday so I don't have time to rant. This is a perennial but interesting topic. I'll get active again once settled in properly in Normandy. German wines will be difficult to find there! I hope to educate some Normans but I think I need dry examples for that and my German cellar is mainly spätlesen :(
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:34 pm

Tim York wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Zombie thread!


Zombie thread why?


Brought back from the dead.
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Rahsaan » Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:50 pm

Tim York wrote:I think I need dry examples for that and my German cellar is mainly spätlesen :(


Plenty of spätlese trocken!
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:49 pm

Rahsaan wrote:
Tim York wrote:I think I need dry examples for that and my German cellar is mainly spätlesen :(


Plenty of spätlese trocken!


Or Grosses Gewachs for twice the price!
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Tim York » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:32 am

David M. Bueker wrote:
Rahsaan wrote:
Tim York wrote:I think I need dry examples for that and my German cellar is mainly spätlesen :(


Plenty of spätlese trocken!


Or Grosses Gewachs for twice the price!


Alas, very few spätlesen trocken left and no GGs in my cellar to help convert the Normans. Plenty with RS, though, from the likes of von Schubert, Dönnhoff, Müller and Zilliken!
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:31 am

If you can't beat 'em - drink cider!
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Re: OK, so WTF with German wine classification?

Postby Lars Carlberg » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:13 am

On your next visit to the Saar, you can buy some Viez to bring back to Normandy.
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