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J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett


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J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett

Goethe once said "Life is too short to drink poor wine," leading Martin Amis to wittily remark something to the effect that a German wine label is another thing life is too short for. The full name of this wine is "Weingut Oekonomierat J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett, Rheinhessen, Germany" (though in fairness, the "Heilig Kreuz" does not appear on the labels).

As the name shows, this is a Kabinett German wine from the Rheinhessen region (more exactly, Bechtheim). It is made in a very light-alcohol style, coming in at a mere 10½%. The wine is tolerably well available, with at least a couple of major national retailers carrying it; retail prices run from about $10 up to about $19, averaging about $15.


J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett: Tasting Impressions

Scheurebe is without doubt a terrific grape and wine. That said, this Geil Bechtheimer Scheurebe suffers from the same defect as every one of the several Schus we've tried so far: it is too bloody sweet; it could well be a dessert wine, "Kabinett" styling or no.

The basic wine is classic Schu, with powerful aromas and zesty, racy flavors, including at least a hint of the classic "grapefruit" always mentioned in connection with this grape. If the wine were vinifed quite dry, it would be a world-beater—but it isn't and it isn't.

Riesling, Schu's cousin (so to speak) is certainly often vinified a lot sweeter than many like it, but it also receives no little considered attention by some awfully good winemakers in a true dead-dry style (or just barely off dead dry). We keep hoping to find a Schu like that, but so far, including this Geil, have not hit one yet.

If you like 'em really off dry, you should quite like this (and to judge by CellarTracker comments, a lot of people do); otherwise, have it after a big meal, if at all.


J. Geil Bechtheimer Heilig Kreuz Scheurebe Kabinett: Other Opinions

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