Johañes Gensfleisch Spätburgunder (Pinot noir)
In Gutenberg’s day and age wine wasn’t just a mere drink but an elixir – and also a form of payment. Part of Gutenberg’s pension was remunerated in wine. Whereas the wine-growing and production techniques of the 15th century usually produced rather acidic vintages, the wines in our special Johañes Gensfleisch edition (as Johannes Gutenberg was christened) are of high quality, pleasant to the taste and gentle on the palate – and typical of the wine-growing area of Rheinhessen.
Spätburgunder (Pinot noir) is one of the oldest varieties of grape in the world. Originally from France, it came to Germany via Lake Constance before arriving in Rheinhessen. Gutenberg and his contemporaries would have been familiar with this grape. Our Spätburgunder is a dry, expressive vintage from 2018 and the perfect accompaniment to a good meal or evening read. It comes from the Mainz winery of
The label quotes a passage in the Gutenberg Bible: “Et deficiente vino dicit mater Jesu ad eum: Vinum non habent” – When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine’.
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