Ziereisen

Hard Chardonnay

9.420 ratings
9.48 pro ratings
Baden, Germany
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

One of the best Chardonnays in that $30-$40 range from anywhere in the world. Nose of mineral, butter, nuts, mimics a Meursault. Just beautiful. Such clarity on the nose. Palate is rich and ripe but with scintillating acidity and freshness and lovely pure juicy fruit. Amazing balance and purity. Just a beautiful wine. Acid is awesome.

One of the best Chardonnays in that $30-$40 range from anywhere in the world. Nose of mineral, butter, nuts, mimics a Meursault. Just beautiful. Such clarity on the nose. Palate is rich and ripe but with scintillating acidity and freshness and lovely pure juicy fruit. Amazing balance and purity. Just a beautiful wine. Acid is awesome.

Sep 28th, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Buttery rich nose. Lemon curd. But also lively limestone minerality peeking through. Like a great Meursault. Palate is round and very fresh with a nice bit of opulence and insane acidity and minerality. Nose makes you think this will be less mineral and fresh than it is. Exceptional.

Buttery rich nose. Lemon curd. But also lively limestone minerality peeking through. Like a great Meursault. Palate is round and very fresh with a nice bit of opulence and insane acidity and minerality. Nose makes you think this will be less mineral and fresh than it is. Exceptional.

Nov 18th, 2018
Tom Casagrande

All oak when I first popped it, it's integrating nicely with air. Almost weird the way the butteriness of the oak interacts with distinctively German minerality, which seems much higher-toned than the deep, brothy earthiness of Burgundy. Has a bit of Chardonnay's oily texture yet with a seeming weightlessness. Golden delicious apple starting to peek through. I will withhold a numerical rating until tomorrow night.

UPDATE: Night 2 - The oak scents have receded, though they are still there. Now, however, they are supporting a floral-scented talcum minerality and some of the most alive and deep fruit scents I have ever sensed. Extremely pure fruit and high-toned stony minerality on the palate, with excellent acidity. Long, weightless finish. The fact that this took two days to show itself foreshadows a nice aging curve. Great wine.

All oak when I first popped it, it's integrating nicely with air. Almost weird the way the butteriness of the oak interacts with distinctively German minerality, which seems much higher-toned than the deep, brothy earthiness of Burgundy. Has a bit of Chardonnay's oily texture yet with a seeming weightlessness. Golden delicious apple starting to peek through. I will withhold a numerical rating until tomorrow night.

UPDATE: Night 2 - The oak scents have receded, though they are still there. Now, however, they are supporting a floral-scented talcum minerality and some of the most alive and deep fruit scents I have ever sensed. Extremely pure fruit and high-toned stony minerality on the palate, with excellent acidity. Long, weightless finish. The fact that this took two days to show itself foreshadows a nice aging curve. Great wine.

Jul 23rd, 2017
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

For me the best German Chardonnay but I am biased obviously. Floral nose with some green apple and loads of minerals. The Palate has the rich almost Meursault like flavors on the attack and then finishes so mineral and fine. Absolutely brilliant. So fine. So filigreed. So finesse driven, yet also beautifully light touch of wood.

For me the best German Chardonnay but I am biased obviously. Floral nose with some green apple and loads of minerals. The Palate has the rich almost Meursault like flavors on the attack and then finishes so mineral and fine. Absolutely brilliant. So fine. So filigreed. So finesse driven, yet also beautifully light touch of wood.

Jun 24th, 2017
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

Creamy nose. Mineral, beeswax, amazing density and purity. Such killer fruit on the midpalate. This is stunning. Long and exquisite. Amazing delineation and purity. Only use German wood, light toast. Insane wine.

Creamy nose. Mineral, beeswax, amazing density and purity. Such killer fruit on the midpalate. This is stunning. Long and exquisite. Amazing delineation and purity. Only use German wood, light toast. Insane wine.

Aug 18th, 2016
PS Michaels

Wow. I would have guessed it was a top flight mersault.

Wow. I would have guessed it was a top flight mersault.

Jun 9th, 2018
Thomas Stache

Ein großer Wein, der ein großes Glas verdient. Herrliche Säure, langer Abgang. In der Nase trockene Zitrusschale

Ein großer Wein, der ein großes Glas verdient. Herrliche Säure, langer Abgang. In der Nase trockene Zitrusschale

Apr 19th, 2018
Matthew Cohen

Blind I'd guess puligny. Some oak on the nose. Great acidity and balance. Lovely fruit. Apples. Citrus. Nice texture. Some acidic zing on the finish. Bought from Fass selections.

Blind I'd guess puligny. Some oak on the nose. Great acidity and balance. Lovely fruit. Apples. Citrus. Nice texture. Some acidic zing on the finish. Bought from Fass selections.

Jun 3rd, 2017
Max Hendgen

Too young...

Too young...

Oct 26th, 2016
Gerhard Ziemer

Wow, the 2011 is worthy of a Burgundian Grand Cru, in my opinion..... Thanks, Matthias!

Wow, the 2011 is worthy of a Burgundian Grand Cru, in my opinion..... Thanks, Matthias!

May 2nd, 2015