DR. VON BASSERMANN-JORDAN Deidesheimer Kalkofen Grosses Gewachs Riesling, Pfalz
Bassermann-Jordan, with origins going back to 1718, is one of the leading producers of Germany’s Pfalz (or Palatinate) region, based in Deidesheim, with excellent vineyard holdings there and in the neighbouring villages of Forst, Ruppertsberg, Wachenheim, Königsbach and Niederkirchen.
This Deidesheim vineyard, named after a 15th century Lime Kiln, adjoins Hohenmorgen. Bassermann-Jordan has 1.1ha of the 5ha site, with the oldest part planted in 1968. The vineyard is slightly inclined to the south and is bounded on the north by sandstone walls. The soil is a mixture of lime, loam, marly clay and some limestone scree.
After a short maceration period and careful pressing, the grapes are fermented partly in a large, old barrel, partly in a stainless steel tank. Kalkofen typically shows floral notes and yellow fruit on the nose, with some lemongrass and herbs. The wine has a chalky minerality and is firm and long.
"Full-bodied and packed with ripe yellow fruits. Very silky, this is a prototypic Pfalz riesling GG, but there's some real herbal/chalky complexity at the long finish."
93 points, jamessuckling.com, November 2017
"I suspect that the Kalkofen may be a slightly cooler site, as it always manages to preserve a tad more acidity than most of B-J’s Grosse Gewächse. This brings balance to the viscous texture and full body and, aided by the fruit of sweet apricots, nectarines and yellow plums, creates a seductive expression, which is tastefully accentuated by a subtle herbal finish."
18 points, Michael Schmidt, JancisRobinson.com (August 2017)
Bassermann-Jordan’s vineayards include some of the most notable winegrowing sites in the Pfalz. Covering more than 49 ha, their vineyard locations in Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg include 20 different single vineyard sites. A third of these vineyards are classified Grand Cru such as Hohenmorgen, Pechstein, and Jesuitengarten. These vineyards are organically farmed and winemaker Ulrich Mell focuses on spontaneous fermentation without artificial additives prior to lees ageing.
In 1718, Pierre Jordan purchased the family's first vineyards in Pfalz. 65 years later, Johann-Peter Jordan built the winery in Deidesheim. Quality is a Jordan family tradition. Around 1800, Andreas Jordan was a part of the avant-garde of growers changed the face of viticulture in the Pfalz by planting single varieties by the vineyard. He was also one of the first winemakers to vinify each vineyard separately. Later, in 1883, marriage between the Bassermann and Jordan families. Today, the estate is owned by the Niederberger family who took ownership after the remaining Bassermann-Jordan heirs resolved to sell. Since 2002, winemaker Ulrich Mell has been committed to honouring the Bassermann-Jordan pursuit of quality in the Pfalz.