In the western corner of the Franconian wine region, next to the low mountain ranges of Spessart and Odenwald, the Fürst estate has been making wine since 1638. In 1979 Paul and Monika Fürst built the new winery amidst the vineyards and in 2007 they were joined in the family business by their son Sebastian.
With lovely due south facing vineyards overlooking the picturesque towns of Miltenberg and Bürgstadt, the vineyard slopes of the Grand Cru Centgrafenberg, with their iron rich weathered red sandstone soils, produce some of the most profound and highly rated Pinot Noir wines throughout Germany. Winemaking is firmly rooted in a minimalist intervention philosophy.
Last week Rudi Fürst popped by to show me a selection of his wonderful reds. The Fürst Burgstadter Spatburgunder 2012 was soft and earthy, pristine perfume, fragrant red berry fruits and wonderful brightness and purity. Beautiful long elegant finish. (92/100)
Next we tasted the fantastic Fürst Centgrafenberg FruhBurgunder 2014. This is an earlier ripening mutation of Pinot Noit that produces wines with dark berry complexity, plummy fleshy fruits and great intensity. Texture is creamy and fine finishing with sleek tannins and a long fresh mineral laced finish. (94/100)
We finished off with arguably one of Germany’s most famous reds… the Fürst Centgrafenberg Grosses Gewachs Spatburgunder 2012. Lifted perfumed nose of dusty, stalky, sappy, wild forest strawberry fruits, with mulled wine spice nuances. Palate is intense and lifted with a most impressive, polished, mineral texture and a long, sweet berry fruited concentration. Very impressive, very noble. (95/100)
That evening, I took a bottle of the tantalising Fürst Muller-Thurgau Pur Mineral 2015 home. This wine is no longer stocked in the UK so I have recently been shipping some direct. Shows lovely green apple tartness, crunchy gooseberry freshness and Sauvignon Blanc hints. Mineral and briney, the rapier fresh palate finishes with a dry intensity and an exotic spearmint note. (91+/100)