„Rudolf Fürst is an acknowledged Pinot magician in Germany, not just with Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), but also the earlier-ripening Frühburgunder.“
– Jancis Robinson
Iron-rich red rock, a particularly mild microclimate, and dry stone walls that are listed as a historical monument distinguish the Churfranken area in the western part of the Franken (Franconia) wine region. Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) has long been the leading variety here in Bürgstadt and Klingenberg. Our particularly racy and filigree Rieslings grow on rocky Buntsandstein (red sandstone). The highest quality Chardonnay wines from our winery are cultivated on the meagre shell limestone of the Karthäuser vineyard in Astheim near Würzburg.
PINOT NOIR GRAND CRU
At 35 hl/ha, yields are particularly low for our three red VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS (GG). This is a decisive base for the highest possible quality. The respective microclimate, slope gradient, and soil are reflected in site specific nuances in aroma and taste. As in the traditional style of Burgundian vinification, fermentation takes place in open wooden vats with a high proportion of whole clusters, sometimes up to 100%.
The Centgrafenberg vineyard in Bürgstadt has always been the home of our winery. This wine is our timeless classic; it displays cool power, ferrous minerality, and elegance. In contrast, the Schlossberg in Klingenberg, historically considered a “grand cru” site, benefits from the heat that accumulates in its extremely steep vineyard terraces, which results in a wine with a warm character. The aromas and flavours are vivacious and silky; sour red cherry distinguishes the fruit. “Such a small town, but due to its delicious wine, it seduces from afar,” is a modern English translation of what Matthäus Merian the Elder wrote about Klingenberg in 1646. The history of the Hundsrück vineyard, the flagship of our winery, can be traced back to the beginning of the 16th century. The Grosses Gewächs from this meagre, rocky site possesses cool power and aromas of sour cherry and wild rose. The Hundsrück is persistent on the palate and offers the aristocratic fragrance of a great Burgundy. We are generally quite proud of the long ageing potential of our wines.
PINOT NOIR PRÉCOCE
The rarely cultivated, capricious and fickle Frühburgunder is an old clone native to Bürgstadt. It is a small-berried brother of Pinot Noir and, with an average of 22 hl/ha, produces only minimal yields. The “R” comes from the best Frühburgunder plot in the Centgrafenberg vineyard. Compared to the more delicate Pinot Noir, the Frühburgunder is spicier, darker in fruit, and slightly smokier. The wine is generally more powerful, incredibly complex, and often has a taste of dark chocolate. The grapes are particularly popular among birds, wild boars, and wasps.
Bürgstadter Berg Erste Lage Frühburgunder
The cultivation and vinification of white Burgundian varieties according to the Burgundy model is of particular importance to Weingut Rudolf Fürst. The grapes are gently crushed with the feet. The wines ferment in small oak barrels and mature on the gross lees for a minimum of 16 months before bottling. The Weisser Burgunder “R” comes from the easternmost plot of the Bürgstädter Berg and is the winery’s top Pinot Blanc. The Chardonnay R and the Astheimer Chardonnay Village Wines come from the “grand cru” vineyard Karthäuser and grow on meagre, white shell limestone. The Bürgstadt growths are racy and filigree with distinct mineral character and vibrant citrus notes, Contrarily, the Karthäuser wines are distinguished by minerality derived from shell limestone soils. They are particularly fine and silky and taste of pear and grapefruit. After adequate bottle maturation, beautiful brioche and hazelnut notes appear.
Weisser Burgunder R
Bürgstadter Berg Erste Lage Weisser Burgunder
Bürgstadter Berg Erste Lage Chardonnay
RIESLING GRAND CRU,
PREMIER CRU & VILLAGE WINE
Riesling cultivation on Bürgstadter Berg has a long tradition. The best grapes come from a terraced plot in the Centgrafenberg vineyard, which dates back to the Archbishops of Mainz. In terms of alcohol, our Riesling from the red sandstone is moderate, usually between 11% and 12.5%. Its unique character is more similar to Rieslings from the primary rock soils of the western Rheingau and the Nahe than to the Rieslings that grow in the shell limestone of the Franken region. The wine is matured in the classic way in old double-piece barrels. The Centgrafenberg VDP.Grosses Gewächs and VDP.Erste Lage wines are mineral, with the GG exhibiting aromas of white vineyard peach and citrus. The Rieslings possess tremendous ageing potential. The Ortswein displays the typical crystalline mineral character derived from red sandstone.
Centgrafenberg GG Riesling
Bürgstadter Berg Erste Lage Riesling
The white Gutsweine are grown on stony soils. These vines are also subject to intensive manual labour. The same attentive vinification methods as for all our other wines apply here, too. The Gutsweine are vinified either in large wooden barrels or in stainless steel tanks. When fermented dry, these wines display elegance and pure minerality. Thus: pur mineral.
Riesling pur mineral
Weisser Burgunder pur mineral
Silvaner pur mineral
In close proximity to the Centgrafenberg vineyard is the Wildenberg Castle, where Wolfram von Eschenbach wrote “Parzival” over 800 years ago. The red wine blend named Parzival is made primarily from the Zweigelt and Domina varieties and is naturally a contrast to our red Pinot wines. Although it is also grown on red sandstone and matured in small wooden barrels, the wine is much darker, tastes of wild berries and chocolate, and is a hearty accompaniment to food.
Our winery also produces fine sparkling wines from the Burgundian varieties according to the tradition method of bottle fermentation directly on the premises. We always decide specifically whether a vintage is to be vinified. This depends on the expected finesse of the base wines. The grapes are pressed particularly gently. We rely on extended maturation on the lees in the bottle. This ensures a fine mousse and pronounced brioche notes. Our aim is a champagne style, straight as an arrow, fine and mineral.
We produce an assortment of pure distillates from pristine fruit. Although our fine distillates could be viewed as a beloved hobby, we practice it as a handcraft in the fine Churfranken distilling tradition with emphasis on highest quality. To this end, we planted forty pear trees of the Mollebusch variety in Main Valley at the beginning of 2000. Depending on the type of fruit, our distillates are either aged in glass balloons or in small, used wooden barrels.