Weingut Knipser

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Jan/Feb 14 · Januar 2014

By Joel B. Payne

The Knipser family in Laumersheim at the northern edge of the pfalz merits a detour, to borrow a phrase from Michelin. Not only do they display artistry with the classical grapes of the Palatinate, but also with chardonnay, syrah and Bordeaux blends, where they are able to display their mastery of barrel aging. In particular, though, their pinot nolrs regularly rate among the finest produced in any given vintage. What I particularly enjoy, though, is that they manage this with no whiff of conceit or superiority. Moreover, they regularly bottle considerable volumes of some of their finest wines. With Rebholz in Siebeldingen, this remains one of the two best and most consistent producers in the region.

2012 Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad Riesling Grosses Gewachs (90/100)

($52) Discreet aromas of passion fruit, woodsmoke and hazelnut. Brisk nectarine fruit and refreshingly chalky acidity dance across the palate. This finely balanced riesling finishes long and sedate, on brown spices.

2012 Laumersheimer Steinbuckel Riesling Grosses Gewachs (91/100)

($52) Bright aromas of white peach, acacia blossom and citrus peel, with a twist of lemon oil. Vibrant apricot pit fruit and almost chalky acidity provide this wine with excellent drive. In spite of its austerity, this riesling possesses understated depth and excellent length. A sleeper with fine potential.

2011 Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad Pinot Noir Grosses Gewachs (92/100)

($86) Dark ruby. Subtle aromas of blackberry, wild herbs and clove. Lush black cherry fruit, sweet tannins and spice rise about the wine's enormous depth. This compelling, classically structured pinot noir has a slightly austere but nobly persistent finish.

2011 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Pinot Noir Grosses Gewachs (93/100)

($79) Dark gamet. Ethereal aromas of sweet black cherry and nutmeg, with a hint of vanilla. The rich, herbal blackberry fruit shows a lusciousness but is held in check by a robust but ripe tannic structure. Still quite closed, but the long, firm finish promises excellent potential. This stately pinot noir is one of the great examples of its vintage in Germany.

Also recommended:

2012 Laumersheimer Kirschgarten Weissburgunder Grosses Gewachs (90/100), Chardonnay *** (90/100), 2012 Chardonnay **** (92/100),

2011 Spatburgunder Reserve (92/100), 2011 Grosskarlbacher Burgweg Spatburqunder Grosses Gewachs (90/100), 2011 Syrah (92/100), 2011 Syrah Reserve (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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