what a horrible blast of cold huh? hope you’re all well & warm. sooo we’ve all heard it before “the early bird catches the worm” right? but what if you were programmed to be early?
that is precisely the case with this serious serious red from Deutzerhof. lets decode the label shall we?
first things first i’m gonna let ya in on a little secret its a german wine. that is not obvious from the front label you would have to turn the bottle around to find that one out. anywayz here’s the break down:
now getting to the “early” part (no i’m not just rambling there is a connection) do you see the varietal? it says FRÜHBURGUNDER.
you might know SPÄTBURGUNDER one of Germany’s better known red varietals. guess what???
they are kinda the same thing. HUH!
time for german 101:
1). spätburgunder = pinot noir
2). the word spätburgunder can be broken down
spät = late
burgunder = burgundy (because red burgundies are made of pinot noir)
3). for frühburgunder you guessed it.
früh = early
yea by the time i got into spätburgunders i already knew a bit a german so the name came easily. but it wasn’t until this january while shopping around in düsseldorf that i came across this relatively obscure varietal. it all clicked in my head rather quickly like wine + language algebra you know a2 + b2 = c2 (hahaha for the record never and i mean never ask me about math, its a rather troubled relationship).
buuuut i still had questions, this is what unfolded. the sales attendant said “it is clear that since you have never heard of frühburgunder i do not expect you to notice any difference from the spätburgunder” furthermore i was informed that “the deutzerhof alpha omega is a very technically and qualitatively well made wine…but i don’t think you’ll notice”.
ha! i did the usual when faced with that tude (unfortunately this attitude prevails in deutschland), nodded and asked a few more questions. then decided to make the purchase anyway. it was bout 22 euros so not cheap, but really worth it.
since i am me, and not that old man from the kardstadt in d-dorf i will tell you that the reason the varietal is called frühburgunder is because it is harvested 3-4 wks earlier than the spätburgunder. in actuality it is not too clear whether the varietal is a slight mutation of the spätburgunder thus enabling it to be harvested earlier or if its the same grape and they just harvest it earlier.
either way this particular varietal is traditional from the Ahr region one of the smallest wine growing regions of the 13 in germany and the world’s most northern wine region dominated by red grapes.
interesting stuff right? i’m not one for tasting notes but i will say this, the Deutzerhof is gorgeously lean and doesn’t taste too ripe at all. with red fruit notes ending in a velvety bitter chocolate.
soooo what do you think? have any of you had frühburgunder before? if so what are your thoughts pls share!