Julia Bertram

Ahr | Dernau

For more than a century, Julia Bertram’s family has grown and made wine in the tiny, marginal Ahr Valley. When Julia took over the estate in 2017, she directed her focus first toward the cherished old family sites, where she organically farms a total of 6.8 hectares of precipitous slopes all planted to Spätburgunder (pinot noir, in German). “What makes our wines unique,” Julia explains, “is the combination of slate and Spätburgunder in such a northerly region.” Across the board, Julia’s wines impress with their slender elegance, their arresting coolness and clarity, and above all a precisely mapped sense of place.

Julia Bertram 2016 Ahrweiler Spätburgunder

Julia’s village spätburgunder, Ahrweiler, rivals any village wine from the old world. Her goal is ripeness and density, but also freshness and length. She want’s “vibrating wines,” and this wine has all of that and more. It mainly comes from the Rosenthal (sand with quartz, loess) and some small parts Forstberg (sand and loess), and one parcel in Daubhaus (loam). Strawberry, raspberry and sweet cherry aromas interplay with wood smoke and brown spices. The palate dances with fruit and acidity overlain on a structure of ripe tannin.

  • 2016
  • Pinot Noir
  • Ortswein
  • Germany
  • Ahr
  • Organic
  • Rosenthal, Forstberg and Daubhaus
  • Sand with quartz, loess and loam
  • 1 year neutral barrique, 2 months stainless
  • Neutral barrique
  • 750 ml

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