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Apostle wine

Apostle wine Name for a special wine from Rüdesheim (Rheingau) from 1727. According to old sources, both the quality and the quantity in Germany were exceptional vintage. A wine from this year is stored in a barrel in the "Bremen Ratskeller" in the so-called "Twelve Apostle Cellar" (Bremen Town Hall with its Ratskeller has been UNESCO since 2005 World Heritage ).

Since at that time the vineyards were mostly in the mixed sentence were planted, it is probably different grape varieties. The main grape variety is probably yellow Orleans. For special occasions, a wine is bottled and labeled from it.

After removal, the barrel is refilled with current Rüdesheim wine, so that over the centuries a certain part of "younger" wine has been contained. The older the filled bottle, the closer the wine comes to the original and, of course, the more valuable it is.

The bottling date is unfortunately not on the label noted and can only be appreciated by the different labels. A 2000 especially for one auction of the English auction house Christie's Bottled half a bottle generated around 6,500 euros. The famous English taster and wine author Michael Broadbent (1927-2020) tasted this wine three times, namely in 1973 and 1977 from one bottle each and in 1981 directly from the barrel. He described the wine, which was around 250 years old at the time, as surprisingly good. The dry wine had a high acidity and reminded one of the taste Madeira or one sherry. See a list of special wine names below Special wines (amongst other things Twelve Apostles ).

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