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2012 Weingut BERNHARD HUBER Pinot Noirs

Posted by michele round on April 16, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Article by Ed Merrison of CellarHand, importers of Huber Pinot Noirs. All pictures are courtesy the Huber Winery.

'This past year has been a sad one for the Huber family. Bernhard Huber, a fine gentleman and brilliant winemaker, died last June. His passing resonated across the wine world; even in far too short a life, his prodigious talent ensured he was admired far and wide. “Comprehensive tastings of his wines not only convinced me that he was an absolute leader in Germany, but that he was a serious contender in the whole world of Pinot Noir,” wrote Michael Schmidt, the German specialist contributor for Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages. Joel B. Payne, chief editor of the Gault Millau German Wine Guide, called him a “universal genius”.
Bernhard’s widow Barbara continues to run the estate. Their son Julian, who returned from his final year at Geisenheim to work Bernhard’s final vintage in 2013, has taken up the winemaking mantle. He’s already begun to display the same humble energy and vision for which his father was admired.
Bernhard’s legacy is in no doubt. He proved beyond question long ago that Malterdingen, whose land was planted to Pinot Noir almost a millennium ago by the same monks who cultivated Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, could produce world-class wines. The 2012s, which Payne notes combine the “focus, purity and elegance of the 2010s with the voluptuous richness of the 2011s” are but a small reminder of this talent. A few months after his death, the 2011 Huber Hecklinger Schlossberg Pinot Noir Grosses Gewächs wowed the crowds and critics in Melbourne and Hong Kong at the Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting. James Halliday gave it 96 points, while Jeannie Cho Lee MW, his fellow panellist at this prestigious blind tasting, scored the wine 95 points and praised its “beautiful aromatics with enticing herbs, roses and juicy raspberries” followed by a palate that was “layered and detailed… with fine-grained tannins and lifted acidity”. Around the same time, the new vintage of this wine was awarded Pinot Noir of the Year at the Gault Millau German Wine Guide Awards. Julian Huber at the winery The praise for the Schlossberg, though entirely apt, shouldn’t mask the fact that it’s always an exceptionally tough call as to which of Huber’s four exceptional grands crus deserve top honours. This is as true as ever in 2012. As the reviews below attest, it’s a quartet to flatter any maker of Pinot Noir. At the same time, and consistent with Bernhard’s aspirations and achievements, the three tiers that precede the GGs are wines of tremendous grace and detail. The entry-level wine and Malterdinger village Pinot would give many top bottlings from other estates a run for their money. The “subtle and classy” Alte Reben Pinot is again spectacular, with Payne extolling its effortless complexity in his evocation of an “elegant nose (which) offers wild raspberry, cherry and citrus zest, plus hints of caramel and chocolate”.
Subtlety and class were two of Bernhard’s great traits. These wines give a taste of the special place he uncovered in Malterdingen, and how fortunate we were to know him.'

 

 

 

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Pictures from top - Huber Vineyard, Bernhard & Barbara Huber, Julian Huber in the winery.

Pinot Shop has a range of these new releases available: Weingut Huber Spagburgunder (Pinot Noir)

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