The “Red Baron” who was formerly known as a fighter pilot from “la grande guerre” is now namegiver of a German Red wine from a very special project.
In fact, wine journalist Carsten Sebastian Henn decided to found his “Wein-Entdeckungs-Gesellschaft” (wine discovery society) where each year he sneaks into another well known German wine estate to compose a wine according to his principles and fantasies. When it’s done It will be delivered to the subscribers of his society.
This year he sneaked into Knipser Estate in the Pfalz, German pioneer for fine red wines. The particular goal of this first project was to create “the” German red wine cuvée. For this purpose, not only he combined 4 different varieties which are typical for Germany namely Lemberger, Dornfelder, St.Laurent, and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) but he also chose those wines from 3 different vintages (2006, 2007 and 2008) thus creating a horizontal and vertical cuvée and undeniably treating the term cuvée with certain irony. In fact, you couldn’t be more cuvée’d than that I guess.
The result is a very appealing multi-layered wine which is nicely drinkable now but also has some ageing potential. Detailed tasting note will follow sometime next year when I’ll open another bottle.