Schlossberg Staufen Chardonnay 2018

94/100 by Gault & Millau

Grape: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 12.5% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2018
Format: 75cl
Classification: Lagenwein (Classified Superior Single Vineyard)
Region: Baden
Country: Germany



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Lush, exotic and impressive Chardonnay created from the plots above Staufen im Breisgau which Fritz Waßmer acquired almost 10 years ago. These are a few small plots that were planted by the previous owner in the 1980s, on the well-drained south-southwest slope. This is the part of the slope on the castle ruin of the cone-shaped Schlossberg which is one of the most famous growing places in Markgräflerland. The grapes were hand-harvested at perfect maturity on a single morning on one of the last days of September after a long period of beautiful weather and the right diurnal temperatures between day and night. The wine was fermented directly in new and used French casks where the wine was also subsequently aged for 14 months before bottling. Lots of vanilla, but also flowers and lovely mouth-watering citrus, juicy peaches, pineapples and baked apples. Body is full, intense and almost creamy with such aromas that the underlying acid and minerality are completely balanced and only really felt on the finish. An exciting Chardonnay that has lost touch with the role models of Meursault and Montrachet and is now to be experienced and enjoyed on its own terms. A wine that everyone who loves fatty white wines should invest in, and experience how beautifully a skilled winemaker can integrate a massive wine without the fruit sticking out too much. A delicate balancing act that rarely succeeds.