Another first time cuvée, this is a 1er cru limestone dominant bottling from Leistadt, from 50 year old vines. It sounds wonderfully deep and complex. Based on the regular performance of the rest of the range, this should hit the mark and then some.
“From 49-year-old vines on clayey loam soils over limestone, the 2018 Spätburgunder Leistadter Kalkofen is concentrated and spicy on the very intense, complex yet delicate and nicely reductive iodine-scented nose. The Rings brothers have no idea about the clones planted in this old plot but say that the grapes are small like a fist and that the berries have very thick skins. Full-bodied and generous on the palate, this is a concentrated, fleshy and sensual Pinot with juicy fruit, remarkable mineral freshness and a long, intense, beautifully aromatic finish with cherry, dark berry and fine toasty notes in the aftertaste. The tannins are fine, fresh and perfectly interwoven with the body and refined limestone acidity. Fermented with 10% whole clusters. Aged for 15 months in Burgundian pièces, this was scheduled to be bottled in June. Tasted as a sample at the domain in March and in Bremen four weeks later. Release date: December 2020.” 92-93 Stephan Reinhardt