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    Stephan, born 1967 in Düsseldorf, is a German journalist who began to specialize in wine in 1999/2000 after a decade of studying and teaching theatre science at Münch University in the morning and selling wine in a wine shop in the afternoon. Initially he wrote about theatre and music but after the translation of Oz Clarke's Wine Encyclopedia, Stephan started to write about wine daily for sueddeutsche.de, the online platform of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

    Stephan has since published numerous articles for renowned daily and weekly German newspapers such as Süddeutsche Zeitung and Welt am Sonntag as well as for monthly German, Austrian, and Swiss wine and lifestyle magazines such as Der Feinschmecker, Falstaff, and Fine – das Weinmagazin.

    In 2008 Stephan became chief editor of the Swiss/German newsletter Weinwisser; four years later he took the same position at Vinum, whose 10 issues per year are published in Zurich/Switzerland but distributed also in Germany and Austria. Besides this he has contributed to The World of Fine Wine regularly since 2004.

    Stephan is co-author of Wein spricht deutsch, a 720-page monster book on the wines of Germany, Austria, Alsace, Alto Adige and Switzerland that was edited by Stuart Pigott in 2007. In 2012, Stephan's book The Finest Wines of Germany came out in the UK and the US and was soon shortlisted as "Best international wine book of the year 2013" by the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award. The book was translated and published in Japan and China in 2013.

    Stephan has a passion for Riesling, Port and Pinot Noir and all the people who craft serious and authentic wines, regardless of which grape variety or in which style they are made. Besides wine, Stephan loves music (especially jazz), good food and football (soccer). He lives with his family near Hamburg in Germany and joined the Robert Parker's Wine Advocate team in May 2014.

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Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  1 Producers 

This 2018 Belargus Quarts-de-Chaume Grand Cru Liquoreux Ultra is made for eternity and belongs to the finest noble sweet wines I have ever had.

18d 3h ago

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  6 Producers 

From a cooler, fresher vintage and based on more Chardonnay than usual (55%), with 45% Pinot Noir, the Philipponnat 2008 Clos des Goisses Extra-Brut shows an exciting bouquet of bright fruits, crushed chalk, bread and iodine notes. On the palate, this is an excitingly vibrant, fresh and chalky Clos with lovely citrus and cumquat flavors on the finish. The 2008 is very complex, bright, super clear and fresh, with a tightly woven structure but still great finesse and elegance. This is a fabulous Clos for the next three decades. The dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. Disgorged in April 2017 (?), tasted at the domaine in April 2018.

In April this year, on a very sunny early morning and after a memorable tasting at Jacques Lassaigne in the far south, I had a fantastic tasting with Charles Philipponnat and Antoine de Boysson, his commercial director. Sixteen cuvées instead of breakfast was a great start to the day, the more so since I had a trilogy of the famous, south-facing, 30% to 45% steep Clos des Goisses (2007 to 2009), the rare but adorable 2006 and 2007 (!) Clos des Goisses Just Rosé and the 2008 Les Cintres, the second vintage of the single-plot cuvées. A 100% oak-fermented Pinot Noir from the central part of the Clos des Goisses, the 2008 Les Cintres is not only the most impressive one of this group but also one of the finest Champagnes I have had this spring. The 2008 Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is also an outstanding Pinot Noir, though I did not taste the 2006 Le Léon, which is also crafted exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes from the historic Le Léon plot between Aÿ and Dizy that was—like the Clos des Goisses—already being cultivated by Charles's forefathers in 1522. All of the 1522 cuvées, not matter if 2007 or 2008, are extraordinary again.

4m 7d ago

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  2 Producers 

From 40-year-old vines trained in the lyra system, Bründlmayer's 2018 Riesling Zöbinger Ried Heiligenstein Lyra 1ÖTW is a true challenge at this stage, young and tight as it is. Pure, clear, fresh, precise and deeply mineral on the concentrated, lemon-scented and coolish/earthy nose, with its notes of crushed herbs, stones and ripe (white) stone fruits, this is a full-bodied, intense, round and elegant Heiligenstein with freshness, crystalline acidity and a tight structure that gives lots of tension but keeps the finesse and elegance. The finish is highly promising in its dense and concentrated, only rudimental juicy character, which is as tight and tensioned as only a very few whites from Lower Austria are. In its unapproachable but promising character, this Heiligenstein Riesling reminds me of the great South Styrian wines from Armin Tement, even though the terroir and grape variety are completely different. Although I tasted this in July 2019 and several times and from different glasses in October, it's still hard to rate this wine, which is possibly one of the greatest Heiligensteins in the era of Willy Bründlmayer.

1y 4m ago

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  12 Producers 

The Donnhoff 2018 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese is deep and flinty as well as complex on the stony nose with its ripe and even stewed peach aromas. Silky, lush and refined on the palate, this is a concentrated yet pure, crystalline and delicate Riesling Spätlese with a long and complex, very mineral and filigreed, lingering salty finish. Highly stimulating and fresh. A gorgeous Spätlese from the famous Hermannshöhle. 95 points

1y 8m ago

Brauneberg Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2016, Weingut Fritz Haag
Brauneberg Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2018, Weingut Fritz Haag
Clos Sainte Hune 2014, Trimbach
Clos Sainte Hune 2012, Trimbach
Dellchen Großes Gewächs Riesling 2018, Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff
Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese 2018, Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff
Saarburger Rausch Kabinett Riesling 2018, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
Goldtröpfchen Großes Gewächs Riesling 2017, Weingut Reinhold Haart
Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2017, Weingut Reinhold Haart
Wintricher Ohligsberg Riesling Spatlese 2016, Weingut Reinhold Haart
Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese Goldkapsel 2017, Weingut Markus Molitor
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2013, Weingut J. J. Prüm
Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese "Anrecht" 2017, Weingut Selbach-Oster
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese Alte Reben 2017, Weingut Selbach-Oster
Scharzhofberger Spätlese 2017, Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
Scharzhofberger Eiswein 2016, Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2018, Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
Scharzhofberger Auslese 2017, Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
Scharzhofberger Auslese 2018, Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2017, Schloss Lieser
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2017, Schloss Lieser
Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Cap 2017, Schloss Lieser
Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese LGK 2018, Weingut Dr. Hermann
Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2015, Weingut S. A. Prüm

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  7 Producers 

F.X. Pichler 2017 Ried Steinertal Riesling Smaragd is intense and flinty on the dark and stony, very flinty and coolish nose with its concentrated white peach and lime aromas. Full-bodied, sharp, super pure and mineral on the palate, this is a full-bodied, tight, fresh and serious wine with a long and tensioned but still terribly young finish. Great complexity and tension! One of the finest Rieslings from the Danube River in 2017. Tasted in Oberloiben/Wachau, September 2018.

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