WORMSER LIEBFRAUENSTIFT-KIRCHENSTUCK. 1981– LANGENBACH RIESLING KABINETT
by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | October 1983
The house of Langenbach is an important source of German Wines. The firm was founded in 1852 by Julius I. Langenbach. It is a major wine distributor with important representations from all the German wine growing regions. Their base is in the historical city of Worms, in the Rheinhessen wine growing region.
In the north portion of the city are 26 acres of celebrated vineyards called Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstuck. They surround a famous church, Liebfrauenkirche, the Church of Our Lady. A beautiful setting for the vineyards and its owners. Langenbach is one of the two owners.
It is said that the generic wine Liebfraumilch was originally named after this church and vineyard. In fact some even go on to say that wines from these vineyards are the original authentic Liebfraumilch. Most writers will concede to the former but deny the latter!
A clarification is in order: The best known wine from Germany is Liebfraumulch. By law, this generic term for “a pleasing white wine” has some very broad geographic origins and grape source blends. Each winemaker puts his style on the line when he markets his wine. A myriad of brands exist dominated of course by you know who? (Just for a change of habit, try Langenbach brand Crown of Crowns. You will be surprised.)
Our wine is a Riesling Kabinett and not a Liebfraumulch. This implies that it is made from at least 85% riesling. Kabinett denotes the grade. (falling into the best category of the four authorized by German Wine Laws, and the first grade of attribute designation.)
Riesling is the premier grape of Germany. It produces a delicate wine with a peachlike bouquet, and an elegant taste that is fruity when young, and matures into interesting nuances with so age. It is a multifaceted grape as far as wine sweetness is concerned. In the hands of an expert winemaker it delivers charming dry wines, or all the way through the sweetness spectrum to the most intense dessert wines with botritis added for good measure!
This wine is light yellow in color. It has a flowery, fragrant aroma of the riesling grape which is penetrating and long lasting. The taste is slightly sweet. Good balance and light body. Clean riesling taste that lingers and finishes on the dry side. Charming. Serve chilled as a sipping aperitif wine with light cheeses and fruit. For meals, serve with chicken veronique or seafood amandine.
Cellaring Notes: I like it best now, but it will develop more aged riesling characters for 2 to 3 years.