For Alexander Stodden, owner and cellarmaster at Ahr winery Jean Stodden, balancing tradition with just the right amount of innovation is an approach that’s worth the effort. A family estate that has shaped the tastes of wine lovers over generations, ungrafted century-old vines (a rarity in Ahr) and old-school diligence, counterbalance the latest vineyard and winery techniques that are only introduced if necessary and at precisely the right moment. At the core of operations is his heartfelt passion: Spätburgunder, and while Alexander can’t name a favorite since he loves his "children" equally, he pinpoints Spätburgunder JS as the perfect entry point into the Stodden wines. Jean Stodden joined the VDP in 2005. Its main grape variety is Spätburgunder, and it also cultivates small quantities of Riesling and Frühburgunder across 8.5 acres.
The handpicked and strictly selected Pinot Noir grapes are fermented in the mash tank for 18 days. The malolactic fermentation took place in the barrique barrel. The RecherHerrenberg was matured and stored in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered.
The name Herrenberg refers to the Lords of Saffenburg, who owned the village of Rech and who planted their vineyards in this prime location. The vineyard lies below the rocky part of the Schwedenkopf. The southern part of the site, opposite the Saffenburg ruins, is terraced. With its weathered slate soil with greywacke, the steep slope facing south, with a slope of up to 60%, offers excellent conditions for optimal intake of the sun.
Cool scent of minerals. Pure ripe fruit with toasted notes, firm tannins, on the palate.
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