Claus Schneider

There is nothing more gratifying in our line of work then finding good people making exceptional wine.  The Schneider family are as genial and gracious a bunch of people as you could hope to meet and they make wines that are simply revelatory in their quality. Most of their holdings are in the clay-and-limstone escarpment named Weiler Schlipf, in that section of Baden that butts right up against the Swiss border. It is a testament to Claus’ reputation that the city of Basel recently selected him from a distinguished bunch of candidates to run some vineyards that they own across this border. The hallmarks of Schneider wines are purity and relaxation.

GCS-SPCSXX WS Spatburgunder CS 2012

Available Wines

Claus Schneider 2012 Spätburgunder CS (Baden)

(Unfiltered) All the virtues of the Spätburgunder above are rendered in a form that is simply a little finer and richer. Vibrant, suave and stylish Pinot Noir with the rooty qualities that one hopes for from the grape and a degree of concentration that commands attention.

Claus Schneider 2012 Weiler Schlipf Grauer Burgunder CS (Baden)

CS is the designation given to the reserve-quality wines of the estate. This beauty has a dramatically smoky nose and voluptuous texture. The oak is effortlessly sucked up and everything about this wine is grand. 13% alcohol and fully dry!

Claus Schneider 2013 Spätburgunder CS (Baden)

All the virtues of Schneider’s Weiler Schlipf Spätburgunder are rendered here in a form that is simply a little finer and richer. Vibrant, suave and stylish Pinot Noir with the rooty qualities that one hopes for from the grape and a degree of concentration that commands attention.

Claus Schneider 2013 Spätburgunder CS*** (Baden) [6/750]

As one climbs the quality tree at Schneider, one does not get more power or weight but rather an ever-increasing degree of filigree and concentration. This is the sleekest, purest and most finely balanced of the bunch. The top wine in a top vintage, it would hold its own against vastly more expensive wines from Burgundy or the New World. It proves that very often the best value is not to be found with the cheapest wines but, paradoxically, with the most expensive.

Claus Schneider 2013 Weiler Schlipf Grauer Burgunder CS (Baden)

CS is the designation given to the reserve-quality wines of the estate. This beauty has a dramatically smoky nose and voluptuous texture. The oak is effortlessly sucked up and everything about this wine is grand. 13% alcohol and fully dry!

Claus Schneider 2013 Weiler Schlipf Spätburgunder (Baden)

Schneiders plant a variety of French and German clones in their vineyards to simply wonderful effect. They never filter their Pinot Noir wines. This is a poster child for Baden Spätburgunder – mid-weight and polished with the faintest hint of tannin and an ineffably lovely aromatic quality that carries through seamlessly from nose to palate. The aroma is especially explosive in this vintage, and the palate is positively lavish. To find such finesse at this price is a reward to be wished for.

Claus Schneider 2014 Weiler Schlipf Gutedel (Baden)

Sporting just 11% of alcohol, this is a simply delightful, appley rendition of the infinitely charming Gutedel grape. Our first importation of the 2013 vintage sold out in a flash. We bought more of this perfect warm-weather wine this time.