Kellerkinder, it sounds so sweet. Marie’s little children, the 2015 wines fresh up from the cellar. You could have suspected them to be a little shy, so newly awekened and hastily brought up in daylight for public display – and taste. Well, perhaps a few of them, a little, on the nose, but overall it seemed like they loved to be on stage; “we are here, come taste us, we are so lovely!”
We, the two winelovers from Sweden, where on the road from Alsace and had actually set the GPS on Landau in southern Pfalz, when we decided to continue a bit further north. To Deidesheim, where we last year met with Marie Menger-Krug. Then it was in the middle of March, cold and still no leaves on trees and bushes. We wanted to see the garden behind Villa im Paradies dressed in green. And we wanted to see Marie again. No appointment made, so just hoping for luck.
Now we can assure you. Villa im Paradies’ garden is beautiful in green, just as we thought it would be. A relaxing place, so nice just to sit under the big tree, sipping on glass of white.
Wait, what’s up? We see a long row of wine coolers and bottles on a table outside the vinothek.
We ask if Marie is there. We are lucky, She is.
So good to see Marie again, even if it’s just a short meeting. Full of energy and very happy with the new vintage. She has other guests waiting for her, but insists that we must stay and taste all the new wines.
Jahrgangspresentation weekend, she explains, a presentation of the new 2015 vintage. Aha, that explains the line up of wines. We must have missed the sign outside.
So, we sit down under the huge green parasol and and tuck into the wines. However, Marie, we must admit, not all of them.
Beautiful, that is the general impression: young (of course), clean, refreshing acidity, minerality and that so important mouth feel. Boxes ticked off.
We start with the off-dry, lightly aromatic Motzenbäcker-Pfalz Muskateller QbA with nice mouthfeel and length. The Motzenbäcker-Pfalz Sauvignon Blanc QbA trocken is refreshing, green of gooseberries and elderflower and enjoyable palate feel.
Then a real hit! Marie 2015, Motzenbäcker-Pfalz trocken.
We liked Marie’s first vintage of Marie, the 2014, but now the 2015 is superb. A Riesling – Weissburgunder blend, picking up the best of each variety. A chalky minerality, lemon, green pears and a bit spicieness. Dry, well balanced, fills every inch of the palate with delicate, aromatic aromas, fresh integreted acidity and a gorgeous length. Energetic!
Three Weissburgunder follows. The Bechtheimer Rosengarten Spätlese trocken from Rheinhessen becomes our favourite with its deep flavours, fresh young green fruit, pears and lemon and a bit smokey, chalky minerality and superb mouth feel and length. (All three Weissburgunders are dry, but this one has a little bit more residual sugar. Perhaps that seduces us?)
Outstanding is the Riesling Alte Reben, Ruppersberger Reiterpfad Spätlese trocken, Motzenbäcker-Pfalz. Concentrated rich aromas, almost dry fruitiness with focus on lemon. A bit spicieness. Crispy, high acidity, fresh minerality. Superb on the palate. Want!
But also the other two Rieslings, the Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Riesling Kabinett trocken and the Riesling …dem Himmel so nah! Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Spätlese trocken show very well. Riesling role models with high, integrated acidity, minerality, balance, length and superb mouth feel. Especially the Reiterpfad shows a lovely cotton fabric texture. We would gladly put a number of these in our cellar.
However, we have to be patient and wait. Wait till all the little wines graduate from Menger-Krug’s finishing school and as bottled adults are prepared for a life outside the cosy cellar.
Suddenly so dark in the garden. The lurking thunderstorm had reached Deidesheim. We moved inside for the last wines. Rain poured down, electricity disappeared and candles lit up the vinothek for us and some other guests without umbrellas.
The clock had passed opening hours since long when we hurriedly walked through the rain. Then we saw the sign. The one we missed a couple of hours earlier: Kellerkinder 2015.
Previously on Lovely winegrapes about Marie Menger-Krug and our visit in Deidesheim 2015:
- Marie in Paradise
- Rural sparkling and Eco, with Marie Menger-Krug in Deidesheim
- Vineyard Pigs in Service
- The Moon in a Glass