2009 Becker-Landgraf "Gau-Odenheimer" Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) Trocken Rheinhessen

SKU #1293410

While the most famous of Germany's white wines is indoubtably Riesling, the terroir and climate of the Rheinhessen is also suited to the production of crisp, delicious Pinot Blanc ('Weissburgunder' in German). Husband and wife Julia and Johannes Landgraf are the winemaking team behind Becker-Landgraf, continuing in the tradition of two winemaking families but with an emphasis on natural, minimal intervention winemaking. This 100% Pinot Blanc is all hand-harvested from top vineyards around Petersberg in Gau-Odernheim. It is raised in wood and made in an elegant, complex style evoking a strong sense of place. It offers pure fruit aromas--think scents of yellow fruit and melon, delicate floral notes--with a hint of savory lees on the palate, framed by fine mineral structure. The intensity of the fruit is balanced effortlessly by crisp acidity, and the wine lingers for a long, refreshing finish.

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Rheinhessen

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