It is a very good thing that when we started with the Christmann family, I got the chance, once accompanied by Guy (Seddon), to visit three times in short order – something which has been impossible to repeat these last two years. What is always great about being there is that rather than tasting, the first instinct of both Steffen and Sophie is to jump in the Land Rover and get into the vineyards – always a good sign! I can’t wait to be back there.
The notes in this offer are by Guy and from a tasting we did at the office in November from bottles of the finished wines. The chance to taste and re-taste over the course of two to three days is always a good thing.
I don’t think there is any one producer of ours whose wines I drink more often than the Christmann wines. The reason being I love them (what other reason is there?) But this is also at loggerheads with the very thing I should be doing, which is keeping them for a bit.
The range is set out exactly right, with the first Riesling and Pinot approachable in youth. As you climb to the IDIG (good name for a mountain?) you go up in potential, in texture and in substance but with no drop in elegance. With the Pinots, a particular focus of Sophie’s, the wines are on a stellar upward curve, scary as they were already so good. The Rieslings I feel are amongst the most flexible of wines. They can do the aperitif job well but this is selling them short as it is with food that I love them most. Do not be afraid to decant them or give them plenty of air, they handsomely repay this.
If you are into wine-related New Year’s resolutions then make drinking more Christmann one of them!
Here’s to 2022!