A timely article by HRH in FT/ on her site, today.I'd say I taste more German Spätburgunder than almost anyone else on this forum. There are some very, very good producers and many of the others are now learning that extraction, oak, and alcohol are not what Pinot Noir is all about. So lots of hope for the future.
At the low-end of prices, there can be some remarkable-value negociant Pinot Noirs from the likes of J. L. Wolf and Valckenberg (˜$12-15 in the U.S.).
A step above, there are also very good values from some of the best producers.
But at the upper end, it becomes tougher. Fürst and Huber right now are my top two (with a good number not far behind), and they straddle top premier cru/grand cru for Burgundy. Although their prices may seem high for non-Burgundy Pinot Noir, compared to Burgundy, the prices are just (although smart buyers can still find very good values from Burgundy from less familiar names and appellations). But not screaming values.
But the very greatest Burgundy experiences -- I've yet to have an equivalent German Spätburgunder.