Fritz Waßmer – a legendary Burgundy approach to Pinot Noir and game-changing Chardonnay’s from Germany

By Jan Schüler

Updated February 23, 2022 12:06 pm

In 1998, Fritz Waßmer took a lifetime of family learning and, with a passion for the vines that was second nature, started his own winery in Bad Krozingen, Baden. Proudly self-taught in the intricacies of winemaking but with generations of viticultural knowledge in his bones, Fritz built on an affinity he felt for Pinot Noir and never looked back.

His love for this iconic grape, one of the star varietals of Baden, goes back a long way when Fritz started to develop an admiration for the legendary Burgundy approach to Pinot Noir production. While this is the guiding star grape at Fritz Waßmer, other classic French cultivars like Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot also have a special place in the winery vineyards. Rarities in leading German wine regions, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and even Auxerrois have been added in recent years.

Whether a flagship Pinot Noir or another timeless grape, Fritz’s near-obsession is to enable each unique terroir to shine through in every sip.

We had just returned from our Trip to Germany, selecting Fritz Waßmer as one of our Portfolio Wineries when we saw the amazing reviews that The James Suckling Team published about this Estate.

Stuart Pigott touted the 2019 dry whites from Fritz Wassmer in the German wine region of Baden, saying the three chardonnays he rated from there were “game-changing wines for this grape in Germany.” 

We are delighted to bring you seven Fritz Waßmer wines, three of these are part of the top rated by Stuart.

Score 97  2019 Kaiserberg Herbolzheim Chardonnay “super-elegant and super-focused on the very concentrated palate”

Score 95  2019 Roter Berg Kenzingen Chardonnay “the chalky freshness [is] lifting the generous body very neatly”

Score 95  2019 Schlossberg Staufen Chardonnay “Smells and tastes like a perfectly ripe Amalfi lemon, but with a subtle, flinty undertone.”

Score 96  2019 Schlossberg Achkarren Grauburgunder “subtle spiciness, (…) never before encountered in wines of this category”

Score 95  2019 Sommerhalde Bombach Grauburgunder “super-long and very clean, chalky finish”

Score 95  2019 Schlossberg Staufen Weissburgunder “stunning interplay of vanilla oak with cool white-peach and sliced-pear character”

Schlossberg Staufen – Bright shell limestone, yellow slate, clover grass on the south and southwest slopes with intense sunlight and cooling winds from the Rhine Plain give Fritz Waßmer wines from here strength and freshness, tension and finesse with beautiful texture

If you want to learn more about the wines of Fritz Waßmer, contact us today.