WTF is AUSLESE Wine?! (& Beerenauslese) What The FRUiT… Episode #3

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This is Julien, the French winemaking
guy who makes wine videos here on YouTube. Yes, wine videos, and this is
episode #3 of our ‘what the fruit’ series and we are looking at a famous
well you know rather famous German wine term that is Beerenauslese. So we’re
going to be looking at how you should pronounce this weird-lookin and perhaps
weird sounding wine term if you are not a German speaker and we are looking at
what it means what is the translation of this wine term Beerenauslese. So Beerenauslese is part of what is called in Germany the pradikatswein wine system so
those are quality wines wines made with particular requirements as far as the
ripeness of the berries of the grapes is concerned and you will find in the
pradikat level different levels such Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese and
trockenBeerenauslese. Now what does Beerenauslese mean in German? Well
first you have to know that Auslese means selection so you will have and you
will find that level that is called a Auslese that corresponds to grapes that
are particularly ripened and particularly ripe in the vineyard so
Auslese is essentially a selection of late harvest grapes. Now Beeren
is German for berries. So Beerenauslese is essentially the translation of
selected berries meaning that they go in the vineyards and rather than picking
all the grapes that are quite ripe which would be the Auslese level. In Germany
sometimes they just pick selected berries and that’s falls into Beerenauslese category where the berries that are selected are
particularly sweet, sometimes affected by the botrytis
fungus, meaning that the grapes, those selected berries are particularly
concentrated falling into a very high category in the pradikatswein system
of German wine. The Beerenauslese are essentially sweet wines often
affected by botrytis so very concentrated wines, loads and loads of
flavors, a bit of earthiness to them a lot of honey, a lot of elderflower
floral characters, lots of apricot, lots of peach, lots of tropical frui,t really
ripe berries. The wines from Beerenauslese. Obviously Beerenauslese Pradikatswein level is also often very commonly
applied to the Riesling wines of the different German wine regions including the Riesling wines of Mosel, Pfalz, Rheinessen, Rheingau. Beerenauslese wines are often sold in half
bottles small bottles because they are dessert whites and they are very very
expensive often you know quite a few tenths of euros a half bottle if not a
few hundreds of euros for half bottles because they are made only in some of
the best vineyards. The wines called Beerenauslese wines of Germany. I hope
this video was useful, if it was give it a quick thumb up before you go to support
my work. Stick around my youtube channel if you like learning more about wine and
I will see you soon in the wonderful world of German wines, French wines,
Italian wine, Spanish wines, wine from around the world…
Julien, signing off! I will see you soon in the wonderful world of wine…
Au revoir! Bye bye…

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