Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar · Januar 2007


"Werner and Volker Knipser are known in Germany principally for their red wines. I have therefore included below a selection of their 2003 pinot noirs, which have only recently been released. However, they also make syrah, merlot and cabernet franc bottlings, as well as a red blend (Cuvee X), that all merit scores in the 90-point range. In the past few years even their Rieslings merit a detour, proving that this more traditional grape can yield excellent results on the wrong side of the tracks in Laumersheim.

2005 Himmelsrech Riesling Grosses Gewächs:

Rich, brothy aromas of white peach, hazelnut and basil. The sweet peach fruit is initially held in check by the chalky acidity, but this deep wine turns creamier on the long, spicy finish. 91/100

2003 Kirschgarten Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs:

Full ruby. Smoky aromas of strawberry, smoked bacon fat and rose hip. Bright, lush berry fruit immersed in sweet tannins. This warm, spicy, nicely balanced wine boasts excellent depth, length and finishing grip. 91/100

2003 Im Grossen Garten Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs:

Deep, brooding ruby. Rich blackcurrant, hazelnut and vanilla on the nose. Seductively rich, with succulent blackberry fruit and refined tannins. Shows enormous depth and classical structure, ending on a persistently spicy note. Pinot noir doesn't come much better in Germany. 93/100"


Weingut Knipser
Hauptstraße 47
D-67229 Laumersheim/Pfalz
Tel 06238.742 Fax 06238.4377


Unsere Öffnungszeiten:
Montag bis Freitag 10 – 12 und 14 – 18 Uhr
Samstag 10 – 16 Uhr
Sonn- und Feiertage geschlossen

Weingut Knipser
Hauptstraße 47
D-67229 Laumersheim/Pfalz
Tel +49.6238.742 Fax +49.6238.4377

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 10am – 12 and 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

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