Riesling Extra Brut Jour Fixe

2015

This incredible champenoise-style sekt wine is vintage dated 2015, sourced from 3 vineyards of old, ungrafted vines:  Ellergrub (preposterously steep blue slate), Zollturm (Gernot’s newest acquisition purchased in 2014, southwest facing, partly grand cru, the rest used for the Jour Fixe), and Oberemmeler Altenberg, an almost-forgotten, steep, Saar grand cru which Gernot also uses for his C.A.I. blend).  Spontaneously fermented in barrels only. Zero dosage and NO SULFUR. The style is rich and yeasty, lush and lively, with a certain vinosity to it. The ultra-ripe 2015 vintage engendered a particularly lavish bottling.

91 points
"I tasted this first from an August 2018 disgorgement (disgorgement dates are not indicated on the label) and then a year later from an August 2019 one. The nose anticipates this austerely dry wine’s dominantly mineral set of flavors in its evocation of wet chalk and sea breeze, but, even so, what awaits on the lees-inflected yet texturally firm palate is almost shocking in vividly conveying licking an oyster inside and out. One is left with a chalky, alkaline residue and pumping salivary glands as well as with smoky, sweaty impressions that suggest both the influence of lees autolysis and some of the ripe 2015 vintage’s inherent character. With an additional year on the lees, toasted hazelnut and pumpkin seed lent additional complexity, but, surprisingly as well as delightfully, there was also a stronger sense of fruit, notably Chenin-like quince. (We can all look forward to this wine’s vintage 2016 successor; sheer paucity of fruit in 2017 and low-acid, extremely ripe raw materials unsuitable for Sekt in 2018 and 2019 mean a long dry spell thereafter.)"
David Schildknecht,
Vinous
, January 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1051-15
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Riesling