The Fürst family has been involved in viticulture since 1638. In 1975, whilst attending the Geisenheim school for viticulture Paul Fürst’s father, Rudolf, passed away suddenly. Paul immediately left his studies and at age 21 took over the estate to carry on the tradition in the cramped Fürst family residence in Bürgstadt. In 1979 Paul and his wife Monika started building a new estate on the outskirts of town. This included a new residence and state of the art cellar atop the Centgrafenberg vineyard. The new site provides breathtaking views of the Main river valley and the picturesque medieval town of Miltenberg. Under Paul Fürst’s tenure the estate has grown from six to 37 acres. The vineyard takes its name from the Bürgstadter Centgraf (Centgraf is the leader of a settlement of 100 people). Smaller holdings are in the Volkacher Karthäuser vineyard (7.5 acres) and the Grosshembacher Bischofsberg (2.5 acres). Work in the vineyards is done with great care. Treatment of the vines and soil is near organic and as close to natural as possible. Paul Fürst makes remarkably elegant wines for a region renowned for rusticity. He produces wines of many different styles. Paul Fürst’s big challenge are red wines. The western portion of Franken has always been producing a good quantity of red wine especially Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The old, traditional style of Pinot Noir, was never mistaken for red Burgundy. This started to change in the mid-‘80s when Paul began experimenting with new vinification methods more akin in style to red Burgundy. His 1990 Pinot Noir was a breakthrough and helped establish the variety as a serious category in Germany.
Blueberries and chocolate, silky with intense and dense flavor of preserved plums and wild berries and delicate wood and toasted flavors. The palate is juicy “sweet” fruit and has enormous matter and force, persistent, structured and long on the finish. Will develop into a great Burgundy.