Burggarten

10 March 2019

The estate is located in Heppingen (Ahr) and it was founded in 1920 by Peter-Josef Schäfer. Today it is run by his grandson Paul-Josef Schäfer and his wife Gitta, supported by the sons Paul-Michael, Heiko and Andreas. The vineyards cover 15 hectares in the Burggarten (Heimersheim), Schieferlay and Sonnenberg (Bad Neuenahr) and Ursulinengarten (Ahrweiler). 70% is Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Domina, Dornfelder, Frühburgunder, Merlot, Portuguese, Regent and Zweigelt, and the white varieties Riesling and Pinot Gris. Burggarten also cultivates Riesling in Piesport at Goldtröpfchen in the Mosel region, where Riesling wines are made. It is operated in near-natural viticulture with integrated crop protection. Some of the wines are matured in traditional barrels, and the best in years, up to three years in barriques.

We tasted a selected range of the Burggarten @ Prowein in 2018 and here is how we scored them.

Burggarten Kräuterberg Spätburgunder 2015
89 Aroma held cherries, oak, subtle smoke and currants. Over the palate came succulent cherries, currants, oak, smoke and forest floor. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins and dry.
Burggarten R Spätburgunder 2013
88 Aroma had cherries, currants, oak and herbal notes. Flavor held succulent cherries, currants, forest floor, oak and subtle smoke. Medium acidity, medium plus tannins and dry.
Burggarten Schieferlay Spätburgunder 2015
88 Aroma had cherries, currants, herbs and oak. Flavor showed cherries, oak, herbs, currants, oak and smoke. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins and dry.
Burggarten Heimersheimer Spätburgunder 2015
87 Aroma had cherries, currants, herbs and spices, subtle smoke and oak. Flavor held cherries, smoke, oak, currants and spicy notes. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins and dry.
Burggarten PJ's Signature Spätburgunder 2015
87 Aroma had cherries, currants, herb garden, subtle oak and smoke. Flavor showed ripe cherries, oak, herbs, licorice and currants. Medium plus acidity, medium plus tannins and dry.
Burggarten Vulkangestein Spätburgunder 2016
85 Aroma had cherries, herbs, licorice and currants. Over the palate came cherries, currants, subtle oak and herbal notes. Medium acidity, medium tannins and dry.
Burggarten Grauburgunder Trocken 2016
86 Aroma had lemons, grapefruit, minerals and oak. Flavor showed oak, minerals, lemons and licorice. Medium acidity and dry.
Burggarten Neuenahrer Weissburgunder 2016
86 Aroma had hints of lemons and minerals. Flavor had burned oak, lime, licorice and lemons. Medium acidity and dry.
Burggarten Weissburgunder Trocken 2017
88 Aroma had peach, lime and pears. Flavor showed white peach, minerals, lime and pears. Medium acidity and dry.
Burggarten Spätburgunder - Blanc de Noir 2017
88 Aroma peach, lime and pears. Flavor showed peach, pineapple, white flowers and lime. Medium acidity and dry.

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