Konigschaffhausen Grauer Burgunder 2018

Complex and mineral driven Pinot Gris (Grauer Burgunder in German) from the volcanic terrassed vineyards of Baden's famed Kaiserstuhl show what this grape can do.



The volcanic soils of the Kaiserstuhl impart a significant minerality to this single-vineyard wine, which has been fermented in stainless steel. Notes of yellow plum and pear with fine aromatics; richly textured on the palate, showing clarity and precision.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard No
Winemaker No
Producer Winzergenossenschaft Konigschaffhausen
Alcohol 13.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 4.90
Acidity (g/l) 5.90
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential 3-4 years
Grape Variety 100% - Pinot Gris
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Baden



A slightly different wine-producing region in southwest Germany, bordering Alsace and Switzerland, where Riesling is not the major player. Formerly an independent grand duchy, Baden became in 1952 part of the German federal state Baden-Württemburg. Some 16,000 hectares under vines make Baden the third-largest wine-producing district in Germany. Baden's sub-regions are the Badische Bergstrasse, Bodensee, Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl, Kraichgau, Markgrafler Land, Ortenau, Tauberfranken and Tuniberg. White grape varieties are Grauburgunder (Rulander), Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus, Gutedel, Kerner, Klingelberger (Riesling), Scheurebe, Muskateller, Nobling, Auxerrois, Weißburgunder, Silvaner, Gewürztraminer—with the Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder if dry, Rulander when sweet), Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Müller Thurgau being the most important. The most prominent red variety is Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), which ripens very impressively in the sunny and warm climate. Other important reds are Schwarzriesling (Pinot Meunier) and Dornfelder.



Literally, "the emperor's seat..." although it might be reasonably suggested that "seat of the sun" is an equally appropriate name for the region.
There is no other winegrowing district in Germany that receives so many hours of sunshine on an annual basis. A sort of a volcanic island, located between the Black Forest and the Vogesen (better known by their French name, the Vosges), the Kaiserstuhl is awash in a terrific sea of grapevines.
Not that large, some 10 miles in length and 8 miles wide, the region is home to the Pinot family--Spaetburgunder, Grauburgunder and Weissburgunder thrive in the sunshine, and carry the distinctive savory spice of the volcanic soils. It is interminably irritating to read the German PR-infos about "Burgundian Spaetburgunder from the Kaiserstuhl"--if the Cote d'Or had weather this fine, the winegrowers would not need to resort to sunshine-in-a-sack as often as they inevitably do!

SKU: 3121
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