Saturday, April 11, 2009
The estate owned by Claus and Susanne Schneider is located in the town of Weil am Rhein (Markgräflerland area).
The ancestors of the family have been involved in wine production since 1425. Claus Schneider studied viticulture and winemaking at the college in Weinsberg , and took over the estate from his parents after his graduation in 1982. His wife Susanne comes from a long line of wine producers and coopers in Haltingen, and was the Baden wine queen in 1979. The vineyard area totals eight hectares, of which two hectares are in the Haltinger Stiege site and six hectares in the Weiler Schlipf the most south-westerly single vineyard site in Germany. This site is in danger of disappearing, the soil consists of impermeable sandstone slabs covered by a layer of limestone and clay, and this steep slope is slowly sliding (in local dialect: „schlipft”) down. Varieties planted are Spätburgunder(40%), Gutedel (30%), Pinot Blanc(Weisssburgunder)(12%), Grauburgunder (10%), Chardonnay (5%) and 3% other varieties.
Gault Millau have given him 3 bunches of grapes this year..and the property is a rising star.
So..I decided to try a white....the Pinot Blanc at € 12,-- and a Spätburgunder at € 14,--
Both proved..yet again..in Germany there is great value in this price range. Only problem for those abroad is..they never make it over the waters.
Claus Schneider Pinot Blanc CS trocken
Weiler Schlipf 2007
Like the red..you get the impression..serious wine for the price...loads of minerals dancing over a lovely semi-sweet pear fruit...drinking well now..but enough going on to take it a few miles down the road
Claus Schneider Spätburgunder *** CS trocken
Weiler Schlipf 2006
Brick red...sweet dry cherries?...yep..my first thought...there is ripe fruit..but a mineral touch...then strawberry fruit covers the palate...fine balance..and a fairly serious wine for the price.