Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Knipser, Laumersheim

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar by Joel B. Payne · Januar 2009

Werner and Volker Knipser generally release their wines a year or more later than do their neighbors, which is why so many of the wines I have portrayed in my latest guide are not listed below (we are concentrating here on the 2007 whites, plus a few 2006 reds). Knipser, though, has just released a dry 2004 Riesling Auslese Halbstück (94), which I purchased for my own cellar, and an equally dry 2003 Chardonnay Auslese (92), not to mention a 2003 XR (90). Few estates are so consistent across such a wide range of styles and even fewer make wines that age so gracefully.

2007 Steinbuckel Riesling Grosses Gewächs:

Bright aromas of peach pit, toasted almond and mint. Compact and austere, with the juicy apricot fruit slow to surface. The subtle snokiness ans salty minerality combine for a discreet but alluring finish (91).

2006 Kirschgarten Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs:

Full ruby. Smoky aromas of rasperry, hazelnut, bourbon and vanilla. Bright blackcurrant fruit, spicy tannins and a charming elegance blend in a creamy swirl. In spite of an almost aristocratic distinction this supple, sweet wine wants to be drunk now, but it will age well over the next seven to ten years (94).

2006 Im Grossen Garten Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs:

Dark ruby. Subtle aromas of blackberry, wild herbs and smoky bacon fat. At once deep and compact, with lush black cherry and spice flavors, sweet tannins and very good balance. A classically structured and extremely young wine with a very persistent, noble finish (94 +?).


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


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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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