Bischel Pinot Noir Reserve 2017



The grapes come from a vineyard with the old name, ‘Appenheimer Eidersberg’, growing here on a clay soil interspersed with limestone at 150m above sea level on a south-east exposed slope. Besides the soil and microclimate, it’s the French Burgundy clones from Dijon that dictate the style of Pinot produced here.

Grapes are selectively harvested by hand, then destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts in open vats. The crushing of the must is done almost exclusively by hand. After fermentation, the wine matures for 18 months in French and German oak barrels and is then bottled unfiltered.

There’s fine aromas of blackberry and spicy wood followed by firm earthy aromas, dried flowers and tobacco leaf. On the palate, dry red fruits are framed by firm tannins and a fine acidity, with elements of leather, spice and pepper, showing hints of liquorice and tobacco as the wine opens. The finish is powerful and concentrated with a Burgundian feel and strength. Decant for 2-4 hours before serving into large, bowl-shaped glasses.

  • Rich, complex, elegant
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2032
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Producer: Weingut Bischel

Brothers Christian and Matthias are the third generation of winegrowers at the Bischel family estate in Appenheim, a small village near Mainz in the northern Rheinhessen wine region. During the 60s and 70s grapes were grown to sell to bigger wineries but by the 1980s, Christian and Matthias's father Hartmut was bottling the wines under the family label.

The brothers took over from their father in 2006, changing a lot in the vineyards and cellar — reducing yields, working more organically, and critically moving to purer and drier wines in line with the modern market both domestically and abroad.

The focus is on Riesling and Pinot-varieties (Pinot Blanc, Gris and Noir), as well as possessing a big passion for Chardonnay. On 20 hectares they grow vines in four villages, the terroir dominated by limestone, quartzite and slate, or volcanic soils — "great conditions to do what we like to drink" according to the boys.

Wines are sorted by origin and classified according to quality. It starts with the VDP Gutswein, entry-level wines from different sides of Appenheim and Gau-Algesheim, the fruit mostly from younger vineyards. The village wines are VDP Ortswein, from selected vineyards that showcase the typical terroir of each village. VDP Erste Lage are from Premier Cru classificated plots, and finally VDP Grosse Lage for the Grand Cru vineyards, old vines which supply the best fruit each year.

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