John Gilman – 93+
The 2012 Bürgel Spätburgunder was not chapitalized in this beautifully pure and ripe vintage, and came in at 12.5 percent natural alcohol. The wine is truly lovely, wafting from the glass in an aromatic blend of sweet dark berries, black cherries, bitter chocolate, smoke, chalky soil tones and a touch of lead pencil in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, complex and tangy, with lovely intensity of flavor, great focus and transparency and a very long, pure and primary finish of seamless balance and a suave base of ripe tannins. A beautiful bottle in the making.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045