Wasenhaus Weissburgunder 2018
Alex and Christoph were bitten by the same Burgundy-bug and ended up meeting each other in Beaune, both on their own wine pilgrimage. Over 5+ years, both garnered serious Burgundy credentials, working at Comte Armand, Bernard van Berg, Domaine Leflaive, de Montille, Pierre Morey and Domaine de la Vougeraie. Alex, in fact, remains the vineyard manager for de Montille and makes the 2.5-hour trip regularly to Baden for Wasenhaus. Similar to Enderle & Moll, the Wasenhaus wines show an uncommon lightness and clarity. They are ultra-fine, with a textural elegance that is second to none. The farming is organic with elements of biodynamics woven in; they do buy grapes from a select few farmers who have worthy sites and who farm correctly (organic or biodynamic). The priority here is high-quality fruit with active, living yeasts so they can work with as little sulfur as possible. Winemaking is low intervention (see below for more information). Grapes are from two parts of Baden, their home sites around Staufen and purchased fruit from Kaiserstuhl.
THis is their entry level Pinot blanc from volcanic soil on the Kaiserstuhl and some loess plots south of Staufen. Pressed as whole clusters and fermented in used barrels from different size.