Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc)

Weissburgunder (/vīs-bur-gūn-dur/) is another grape of the pinot family which originated in Burgundy, France. For that reason, the German word “burgunder” is used to mean pinot in the same sense French and English speakers use it. “Weiss,” like “blanc” in French or “bianco” in Italian, is the German word for the color white. So weissburgunder is the German name for pinot blanc/bianco. Weissburgunder is also “weisser burgunder” in the Pfalz region. Weissburgunder originates from the grauburgunder (/grouh-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot gris) grape which originates from the spätburgunder (/shpāt-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot noir) grape. Unlike grauburgunder and spätburgunder though, weissburgunder grapes are white skinned. Weissburgunder is grown in different regions across Germany including the Mosel, but it prefers a slightly warmer climate so its more famous regions include the Pfalz and Baden.

Grauburgunder vines grow well in deep fairly wet soil. Like grauburgunder and spätburgunder, weissburgunder grapes ripen around the end of September. Weissburgunder wine is characterized by a yellow green to gold yellow appearance, relatively acidic tones, and a light to medium body. On the nose, weissburgunder characteristically has light apple, quince, mango, pear and even mint and white blossom tones. On the palate, weissburgunder also commonly has light nutty and spice tones. As weissburgunder matures, honey, butter, vanilla and almond crisp tones commonly appear. See the weisser burgunder by Weingut Weegmüller.