We were at the Weingut Bercher Masterclass hosted by Arne Bercher and attended by journalists and sommelier.

This was a very educational and enjoyable event where 13 wines were presented showing width of range and vertical examples. It was a great opportunity to gain an understanding and perspective of wines from Arne Bercher, one of the leading winemakers of the area.

The history of the Bercher family can be traced back to 1457 and they have been making wines in the Kaisertuhl for over 300 years.  This family-run estate has increased in size and now cultivates 42 acres of vineyards producing some excellent reds and whites.

Located between the Rhine River and the Black Forest, Burkheim produces lush and mineralic wines that go perfectly with a wide range of modern foods. Bercher produces Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris).

The highlights were:

Bercher 2013 Burkheimer Feuerberg Kesselberg Spätburgunder Grand Cru Dry

Dense, red berry aroma and juicy, powerful and elegant on the palate. A long finish with pronounced but well integrated tannins. 30 year-old vines. / Ageing potential: 10 years

Bercher 2015 Burkheimer Feuerberg Kesselberg Spätburgunder Grand Cru Dry

Dense, red berry aroma and juicy, powerful and elegant on the palate. A long finish with pronounced but well integrated tannins. 30 year-old vines. / Ageing potential: 10 years

Bercher 2014 Sasbacher Limburg Spätburgunder Premier Cru

Full ruby red with a sweet and spicy nose and hints of dark chocolate. Tastes of orange and figs with a complimentary, filigran tannin structure. / Food matching: Perfect with a rabbit roulade with dried plums and rosemary jus or a rack of lamb with a herb crust.

Bercher 2013 Burkheimer Feuerberg Haslen Weissburgunder Grand Cru Dry

Two-thirds stainless steel, one-third second- and third-use barrels. Delicate floral nose – peach blossom. Ripe stone fruit etched with vibrant acidity. Crystalline and creamy all at the same time. Intense and structured.