Riesling Kabinett "Jean Baptiste"


Always a pleasure and always great value for Riesling-lovers, the grapes for Jean-Baptiste are grown on the lower terraces of Gunderloch's three top vineyard sites: Nierstein Hipping, Nierstein Pettenthal and Nackenheim Rothenberg (all grand cru sites). Technically a feinherb style, or "balanced off-dry" at about 22-24g residual sugar each vintage, (2016 was 23g/l RS with 7.5g acid) featuring passionfruit, peaches and pink lemonade flavors bursting through its juicy, electric palate, girded by thumping red slate. This is a wine we've used again and again to introduce consumers to the joys of German Riesling.  

89+ points
"A delightful sense of delicacy and lift (at 10% alcohol) is allied to fragrant, juicy honeydew melon and tangerine that are well-supported by modest sweetness (from just 23 grams of residual sugar). There is brightness and focus here that I have found missing for a long time in Gunderloch’s Jean Baptiste bottling, one that in the 1980s and early 1990s often proved memorably delicious as well as long-lived. Back then, Jean Baptiste issued from the Rothenberg, but a subsequent reliance on Nierstein fruit could hardly be considered in itself a source of any weakness, seeing that Pettenthal and Oelberg are the vineyards now most prominently implicated. Let’s hope this marks the beginning of a steady comeback."
David Schildknecht,
, May 2018
90 points
"The 2016 Riesling Kabinett Jean Baptiste is from different vineyards on the red slope and includes 30/40% of the pre-selections in the grand crus plus the flatter parts. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine is clear, pure and intense on the nose but also fresh and slatey. Round and lush but also piquant and fresh on the palate, this is a salty and well-structured Kabinett with a certain power, lingering salinity and tension. Absolutely gorgeous!"
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, #233 31st Oct 2017

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