The Wine Wire – World Class Pinot Noir from Klaus Peter Keller

Stunning Pinot Noir from the master of the Rheinhessen, Klaus Peter Keller

Holy sh$*!  We are on a serious roll tasting great Pinot Noir.

Between Sheb and myself in the last two weeks we have been tasting some of the world’s great Pinot Noirs.

I had the amazing opportunity to taste through the entire line-up from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from their 2010 vintage.  Sheb traveled to San Francisco to meet with Frédéric Esmonin of Gevrey-Chambertin and taste the 2011 vintages.  We tasted the new vintages from one of the legends of California, Ted Lemon of Littorai.  And now this…

Listen to me very carefully when I say this – Germany produces some of the greatest Pinot Noir’s on earth.  Better than your hyped-Cali stuff, better than some prestigious names in Burgundy, some world-class stuff we are talking about.  I’m not saying that there are hundreds of great producers, but there are dozens.

One such producer is that of Klaus Peter Keller of the Rheinhessen.

The two wines I tasted today from the Grosse Gewächse (read Grand Cru) vineyards of Bürgel and Frauenberg were extraordinary, world-class, Grand Cru quality, simply amazing – get the picture?

Since the “Wine Wire” is supposed to be about brevity, I’ll stop here.  But I do have to say, that if you are at all serious about sourcing the greatest Pinot Noir’s in the world, you won’t miss these.  These are the best ever Pinot’s I’ve tasted from this estate.

2010 Keller Dalsheim Bürgel Spätburgunder Trocken – $91 per bottle – Only 120 bottles for the Illinois market

2010 Keller Nieder-Flörsheim Frauenberg Spätburgunder Trocken – $126 per bottle – Only 60 bottles for the Illinois market


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