With the Saumagen Spätburgunder wine, which has been awarded the prize for “greatest Pinot Noir in Germany” three times already, we climb another step towards the heavens….My note: “WOW. Just plain crazy class, with more of everything (relative to the Steinacker), but in a classy as F kind of a way, with an even more marked mineral presence. A remarkable sappiness of deeper red fruit, intense limestone imprint, floating expansive spiciness and florals, finishing with a BOOM of limestone punch and looooong ever rising finish of fruit florals and spice. It has that magical, spherical sense of expansiveness that is a hallmark of Grand cru Pinot Noir. WOW…”. Obviously, another * awarded here. This stuff is off the charts, guys. Along with the greatest wines from the Fürsts, this is among the greatest Pinot Noir I have ever tried outside of Burgundy, and in a blind tasting would blow any Burg lover’s mind….get what you can justify, and thank me later…..
“Almost entirely from French clones (Fin and Trés Fin), the 2018 Spätburgunder GG Saumagen is highly aromatic and almost sweet in its open bouquet of red and dark berries as well as intertwining cherry and floral aromas. However, despite the warmth of the vintage, there is also a coolish finesse and limestone complexity in the fruit. Silky, lush and elegant on the palate, this is a warm and powerful yet refined and silky-textured Pinot with fine tannins and good limestone freshness. The 2018 is fascinating and promising on the nose but, at this early stage, lacks a bit of complexity and intensity. It’s lean, finessed and very delicate but still doesn’t show the dimensions it most probably has. Tasted as samples at the domain in March and in Bremen in April 2020. To be released in December.” 93-95 Stephan Reinhardt for the 2018, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE