Weingut Heitlinger,Baden, Germany
VDP x Grand Cru x Organic
 
 

Baden, situated in the far south of Germany, just over the Rhine from Alsace, is the warmest wine region in Germany. It is home to grape varieties such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wines from Baden are dry, full-bodied and sometimes with a touch of oak; they provide a unique experience of the Alsatian grapes made in German land.

 
Weingut Heitlinger, regarded as one of the leading winery in Baden, is founded in 1960 by Albert Heitlinger and managed by winemaker Claus Burmeister since 2009. This innovative estate is certified as organic in 2010, and becomes a member of VDP in 2012. 
 
Heitlinger wines are full bodied and with strong characters and expression in this warm region. Heitlinger wines impress with its high purity of fruits, intense flavours of minerals, and optimum texture and complexity.
 
   
2011 Pinot Gris, "Spicy Stone"

Price: $160

“Spicy Stone” is a refreshingly un-oaked Pinot Gris. Ripe and powerful on the nose, it is full of fresh fruits, spices and grape skin aromas. An intense and detailed wine, the low acidity and full bodied nature of the wine makes it the perfect companion of seafood, chicken, salad, or just on its own.

Award: Gold Medal, AOC Baden

 
   
2011 Pinot Noir “Mellow Silk”

Price: $160 (sold out)

“Mellow Silk” is a pleasing simple Pinot Noir. Serve this little beauty 30 mins after opening the bottle! Red fruits, sweet spices, and brown sugar on the nose. Full and firm in the mouth, finishes with refreshing acids and a nice faint grip of tannins. Drink alone, or with char-siu pork, roast goose, together with zhajiang noodles.


 
 
 
   
2012 Pinot Gris, “Spiegelberg” Grand Cru

Price: $280

This is a flagship Pinot Gris of Weingut Heitlinger, made with grapes from the steepest south-facing pitches of the Grand Cru vineyard Tiefenbacher Spiegelberg.

This is a luscious and powerful wine which reminds one of the top Crus of Burgundy. It offers a wide range of minerality, spiciness, and very ripe fruit of pear, red apple, honey, with nuances of walnut and high quality oak. Fermented to extreme dryness (<2 g/l residual sugar), this is powerful but elegant, with nice acidities and structure making it a good companion to white meat dishes like roast chicken, fish, or soft cheeses.

 

   
2013 Pinot Gris, “Spiegelberg” Grand Cru

Price: $280

This is a flagship Pinot Gris of Weingut Heitlinger, made with grapes from the steepest south-facing pitches of the Grand Cru vineyard Tiefenbacher Spiegelberg.

This is a luscious and powerful wine which reminds one of the top Crus of Burgundy. It offers a wide range of minerality, spiciness, and very ripe fruit of pear, red apple, honey, with nuances of walnut and high quality oak. Fermented to extreme dryness (<2 g/l residual sugar), this is powerful but elegant, with nice acidities and structure making it a good companion to white meat dishes like roast chicken, fish, or soft cheeses.

 

   
2012 Pinot Noir “Königsbecher” Grand Cru

Price: $300

Königsbecher, or the “King’s cup” in English, is a steep and protected site at the lowest altitude of all Heitlinger vineyards.

Dark cherries and sappy red fruits, forest floor, spices, and cinnamon. There is good oak integration in the wine which combines well all elements: elegance, power, and varietal characteristics. Fermented to extreme dryness (<2 g/l residual sugar), this will go well with many red meat dishes like smoked meat, roasted duck/goose, and a simple grilled prime steak.

Limited production of only 10,000 bottles per year.

Award: Against many Grand Cru Burgundies, the 2009 vintage of the wine was voted “World’s Top 10 Pinot Noir” in an international tasting judged by Tim Aktin MW, Jancis Robinson MW, and many other profiled wine professionals.

   
2011 White Tie, Premium Cuvées

Price: $380

A blend of Pinot Gris (40%), Pinot Blanc (40%), Auxerrois (15%) and Chardonnay (5%). “Cuvées”, blends of several grape varieties, are popular and traditional in the Southern part of Germany (Baden, Wuerttemberg).

A deep and complex wine. Seamlessly smooth on the palate, the new oak is well integrated and swallowed by the ripe fruits. An intense palate of ginger, honey, pear and pineapples. An unique wine which goes well with white meat, spicy and savory dishes.

Extremely rare production of only 1,200 bottles per year.

 
   
2011 Black Tie, Premium Cuvées

Price: $380

A blend of Lemberger (80%), Pinot Noir (10%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). “Cuvées”, blends of several grape varieties, are popular and traditional in the Southern part of Germany (Baden, Wuerttemberg).

Rich, full-bodied, structural and with good acidity, length and width. Starting to enter its drinking window, the deeply sensational fruits and delicate acidity from Lemberger makes this wine to be arguably a better match than many Pinot Noir to many rich Chinese dishes such as roasted goose

Extremely rare production of only 1,200 bottles per year.