Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan Forster Jesuitengarten 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.
The Jesuitengarten is on the outskirts of Forst, between the Kirchenstück and Ungeheuer vineyards. An extremely high mineral content in the soil makes this one of the best vineyards in the entire region. The wines are famous for finesse, elegance and great complexity. The Jordan family purchased the vineyard, formerly part of a monastery, in 1793. Soils are sandy clay and loam with lime and some limestone scree with high weathered basalt content.
After de-stemming and gentle pressing the juice is allowed to settle and clarify naturally before fermenting spontaneously with natural yeasts, partly in a single barrel with a small component in stainless steel. The wine is left on lees with some stirring to generate additional flavour. The Jesuitengarten is always complex, with fine fruit and spice. The acid presence animates the wine and makes it very gripping. Drink young or cellar for 15 years or more... ideal with veal, poultry dishes and complex fish dishes.
"Because this is still slightly funky (reduction) the pear and citrus notes are rather shy, but when they emerge after some aeration they're fine. On the palate this is already a very elegant wine with a long, rather polished finish."
94 points, jamessuckling.com, November 2017
"A fragrance of apples and pears complemented by subtle herbal and spicy notes does not quite prepare you for the powerful performance of Bassermann’s Jesuitengarten on the palate. Fears about the broad and spirity character upsetting the equilibrium of a Grosses Gewächs, however, are laid to rest by an intriguing combination of spicy, nutty and mineral notes. Again, I suspect the use of wood, but it has been employed in a very judicious manner."
17+ 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.