Meyer-Näkel Pinot Noir "Estate", Ahr 2021

Meyer-Näkel Pinot Noir "Estate", Ahr 2021

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Here's the wine story to end all wine stories:


“On July 14th 2021, when Meike & Dörte Näkel realized how bad the flooding was starting to get, they made the decision to rush to their new winery, just outside of town, and save as much as they could. As one of the top Spätburgunder producers in Germany, the winery held their livelihood, which included the unbottled 2020 vintage. The sisters never could have imagined the level of devastation that the flooding would bring. Soon after they arrived, the immense amount of water rushing into the building trapped them. Their first instinct was to go to the roof and hopefully stay above the water line as long as they could, but when a large gas tank washed into the building, it became clear that they had to find a way out. Dodging the equipment and barrels they had attempted to rescue, the two winemakers swam through the murky waters to the corner of the winery. With no clear path out, the sisters broke a window and were quickly pushed through by the rushing current. Doing their best to navigate the treacherous waters, the two were a mile away from the winery only to be saved by a tree planted by their grandfather. They clung to the life-saving tree for eleven hours before eventually being rescued.


The catastrophic damages caused by the flooding ravaged not only the winery and tasting room of Meyer-Näkel, but the entire Ahr Valley. The clean-up would have seemed insurmountable if it weren’t for the help and comradery provided to them by nearly every major winemaking team in Germany. Hans & Valentin Rebholz, Katharina Prüm, Klaus Peter Keller, Friedrich Becker, Cornelius Donnhoff, Dorothee Zilliken, and Oliver Haag are just a few of the superstars who aided in the recovery efforts. Thick brown mud covered everything. Most of the barrels were gone, and the majority of the equipment was ruined. Additionally, they thought that all of the 2018 vintage had been destroyed, until Hans Rebholz opened a side door in the winery, which revealed the entire US allocation of the 2018 Blue Slate Pinot Noir. The bottles were all washed and labeled and we are THRILLED to be able to offer some of the last Meyer Näkel Pinot Noir in the world. The next Pinot Noir will be released in 2024.


Thanks to the incredible support of top winemakers all over Germany sending their teams into the vineyards of Meyer Näkel, the 2021 vintage was saved. These wines are rare and represent a glimmer of hope towards the rebuilding of this great estate. Besides a few local customers, the US is the only market fortunate enough to have access to these wines. These three wines are extremely rare, so lets be sure to use them to help bring awareness to the Ahr and build the Meyer Näkel name!


*All proceeds have been prepaid to the Näkel family towards their rebuilding efforts.”