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Weingut Ernst Dautel

Germany Württemberg

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Weingut Ernst Dautel
The winery is located in the municipality of Bönnigheim (Württembergisch Unterland area) between Stromberg and Heuchelberg in the German Württemberg wine growing region. The traditional family has bee...
Name: Weingut Ernst Dautel
Address: Address 74357 Bönnigheim, Germany
Growing area: Württemberg
Vineyard: 13 ha
Owner: Christian Dautel
Manager: Christian Dautel
Managing Director: Christian Dautel
Wine Maker: Christian Dautel
Phone: Phone
Fax: Fax
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Associations: VDP & Deutsches Barrique-Forum & Generation Riesling

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Producer of premium wines, which regularly include even in international comparison among the best of its kind. Mediocre wines are rare, real weaknesses there is hardly ever. Arise even in difficult years here regularly superior qualities.
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0.75 L
2017 Weißburgunder dry -S-
88 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Clear, polished, nutty and delicately smoky fragrance with light yellow-fruity notes, herbal-vegetab...
0.75 L
2016 Bönnigheim Sonnenberg Spätburgunder VDP.Erste Lage dry ****
88 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Firm, rather cool, smoky nose of predominantly red berries with a little herbaceous, spicy and bacon...
0.75 L
2016 Bönnigheim Sonnenberg Lemberger VDP.Erste Lage dry ****
89 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Clear, slightly nutty and a hint of tobacco scent of ripe red and black berries with cherry notes, f...
0.75 L
2018 Bönnigheim Lemberger VDP.Ortswein dry "Gipskeuper"
88 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Clear, polished, very slightly herbaceous scent of cherries and more black than red berries with flo...
0.75 L
2017 Chardonnay dry -S-
89 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Youthful, planty, yeasty and slightly woody fragrance with yellow fruity and slightly smoky tones, a...
0.75 L
2018 Besigheim Wurmberg Riesling dry
88 WP - very good What our ratings mean
Editor note: Somewhat herbaceous-vegetable and delicately nutty-yeasty fragrance with yellow-fruity aromas and a...

The winery is located in the municipality of Bönnigheim (Württembergisch Unterland area) between Stromberg and Heuchelberg in the German Württemberg wine growing region. The traditional family has been growing wine since 1510. Ernst Dautel resigned from the local winegrowers' cooperative in the mid-1970s (an affront, as his father was a founding member). As early as the mid-1980s, he began with barrique ageing, which was unusual at the time, planted new grape varieties such as Chardonnay, produced exclusively dry wines and focused on high-quality red wine cuvées. Thus he is considered a pioneer in German viticulture.

Weingut Dautel - Christian Dautel im Barriquekeller

In the meantime, the management of the cellar and the vineyards has passed on to the next generation. Son Christian studied viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim and Bordeaux. He also gained experience through numerous internships in South Africa, the USA, Australia, Austria and France. His teachers included the Austrian expert for biodynamic viticulture, Franz Weninger, and one of the world's best Chardonnay producers, Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Meursault. Since 2010 he has been working in the winery together with his father and in the meantime the 21st generation of the family has taken over the business.

The vineyards comprise around 13 hectares of vineyards in the individual sites of Sonnenberg with the two Gewannen or VDP.Große Lagen Schupen und Steingrüben (Bönnigheim), Forstberg (Oberstenfeld), Michaelsberg (Cleebronn) and Wurmberg (Besigheim). Half of them are planted with the red wine varieties Lemberger (Blaufränkisch),Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Trollinger(Schiava Grossa), as well as the white wine varieties Riesling, Chardonnay andPinot Blanc. The vines are grown consistently in a near-natural way with natural greening, organic fertilization and integrated use of beneficial insects to control pests in order to promote biodiversity and stabilize the ecosystem.

Only ripe and healthy grapes reach the cellar through multiple selective manual harvesting. In accordance with the VDP classification model, the wide range of products is divided into the following categories: Grosse Lage and Erste Lage (golden capsule), local wines (black capsule) and estate wines (white capsule). The dry wines of the Grosse Lagen Michaelsberg, Schupen, Steingrüben and Forstberg are called Grosse Gewächs. The high quality white wines are fermented spontaneously and stored on the full yeast for up to a year. The red wines are aged for up to 24 months exclusively in 300-litre barriques, with special attention paid to the sensitive use of new barrels. The winery is a member of the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wineries), as well as the German Barrique Forum and Generation Riesling associations.

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