Jean Stodden, Ahr

29 06 2016

012ee143f68dfcb4310d2f24b0a21fc99ec8f6997eLook closely at this photograph and you’ll see the slate bedrock coming up underneath the wall built to terrace the 90 degree sloped vineyard above. That’s how close the slate is to the surface here in Stodden’s vineyards above the small town of Rech in the Ahr.


Alexander Stodden drove us here in his very smart (and fast!) car and the Ahr looks such a pretty river, I’d definitely come here for a holiday. In fact you can get the train here from Bonn, exit the platform and you’ll find yourself right outside the back of Stodden’s cellar (which is currently being extended). His vineyards are up the hill on the other side of the tracks looking over the valley floor and natural amphitheatre of vines which provides a microclimate that can reach temperatures of 50 degrees in the summer!

This is a very special estate with fabulous Pinot Noirs. If you are a Burgundy fan then you must try them. Here were some of my favourites:

2013 Spatburgunder JS

10% new oak gives this a scent of sweet vanilla. Very moreish, balanced and harmonious.

2005 as above

Still looks and smells youthful with a sweet meat and spice nose, good acidity and energy. Ageing very well.

2013 Recher Herrenberg Spatburgunder

Concentrated and velvety. Very pretty, aromatic, warming. Very good indeed.

2007 as above

Lovely clarity, pure drinkable fruit. Hardly budged, ageing very gracefully. Drinking very well.

2013 Neuenahrer Sonnenberg Spatburgunder GG (Grosses Gewachs)

This is grown 10kms away on virtually pure rock. There is real terroir on the nose here, much more structure and drier tannins. Very burgundian. Not cheap but so good.

2013 Recher Herrenberg Spatburgunder GG

Smells like a very pretty Gevrey or Chambolle. This has terroir but also real lift in the mouth. Fabulous, long, expressive. Very fine.




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