Monthly Archives: March 2018

RIESsearchING and not so RIESsearchING @ Prowein2018!

Hi Riesling Fans,

Last week was Prowein and as every year I pass for 2 day’s with my mom and Tamara.

I saw some friends and found some great new things!

Again, I came back with great ID’s for everything!

This is RIESsearchING and not so RIESsearchING @ Prowein2018!

Of course we started the day again (as always) with Champagne!
We tasted something I didn’t know yet: Vollereaux.
We tasted the Cuvée Marguerite Millésime 2008, which was very complex, a set of autolitic characters and brioche notes.
Then they opened up a bottle of the same vintage and same cuvée but that has been aging under water for 1 year.
This champagne showed a great deal more freshness and youghtness, fresh fruits a higher acidity (like it had less Dosage even, this is not possible because it’s the same wine).
Truly interesting to taste the 2 next to each other.

Afterwards we went wandering around.
We stopped at Axel Pauly, his stand and we tasted some new vintages.
Really enjoy his wines! A very clean, fresh and mineral straight forwards style!

Also, we came across Daniel Molitor again from Stair’s and Roses.
He had some new exciting projects! Likewise the new vintages of the Orange wine and other wines he produced the previous year.
He makes now also a wine from piwi’s.
But to a greater extent about that later, cause I am visiting them next week in Germany!

By the way guy’s “piwis” are Hybrids, which are more resistant to diseases.
This might be the next hype… (although numbers have been falling again).

Also, saw Nicolas Pfaff the export manager of Robert Weil, tasted the new vintage of Robert Weil.
As we expected fresh, crisp dry styles of Riesling.

 

 

I saw Eleonora, export manager of Balthasar Ress and Veritable wines. We met her new co-worker who does export for Belgium now: Julia. Also very nice girl!

 

 

We tasted the Love Me Secco Brand, nice, simple sparkling wines. Rosé, White and Red.
Too, some old vintages Balthasar Ress vintages: the older Rieslings get this Petrol, Honey and yeasty muschroomy taste and smell! Riesling is very made to bottle age!
Likewise, we discovered the new Ressi line of Balthasar Ress. Simple, comfortable, nice style of wines. With great strip story on the label. Really cool!
Besides, the Ress winemaker Dirk Würtz made his own version of Liebfrauwmilch! Still flabby…
But its Liebfrauwmilch so I suppose it needs to have this flabbiness. In any case, it shows more character!
And has a really cool label!!!

 

We did Orange Hour again also, great ambiance always from the Dutch!
It’s as well, always nice to see Alain again!

 

 

We dined at this great restaurant at nighttime!
Sansibar by Breuinger! Really good food and great atmosphere.
Excellent wine list as well. If you’re in Dusseldorf you need to go there!

Day 2 we tasted the new vintages of the Grand Cru de Bordeaux.
Actually havy to taste it that young. But there’s big potential as always!

Also stopped by at Generation Riesling.
Tasted some great things.
And in between the Biodinamics we also found some groovy new things!

Oh, I would nearly forget about Judith Beck in Austria!
Also a biodinamic winery in Burgenland!
She produces this wine called Koreaa, it’s basically made like a gemixtersatz (different vine varieties in 1 vindyard everything picked and vinified together) but so great! I’m possessed about it right now!
Her Pet Nat is also terrific!
Really love everything she makes!

This was Prowein this year! Maybe I will see you there next year!

Have a nice glass of Riesling or not so Riesling and thx for reading!

See you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING @ Schloss Vollrads!

Hi Riesling Fans,

Once more, it has been such a long time…
But again, I started a fresh adventure!
5 months ago I started working at San Gent.
A second concept of Sang Hoon Degeimbre (l’Air du temps **)
Here I am also Maitre Sommelier! New beginning!
Now the startup has gone great, I can focus again on RIESsearchING!

Today I am writing about my most spectacular visits in Germany!

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Willkomen im Riesling!
RIESsearchING at Schloss Vollrads!

2 years ago on Prowein I was in a Masterclass of aged Rieslings of Schloss Vollrads where I encountered the owner Dr.Rowald Hepp. And so I payed him a visit at the Schloss!

The ambiance is so cool there! I really loved it.

Which also really struck my attention is that Schloss Vollrads only produces Riesling!!!
I was truly on my place over there!

 

We arrived and first had a lunch in the garden! Very refined and really tasty!

                       

Afterwards we were ready for the tour!
They carried 6 bottles with them and trough the Schloss we tasted the different Rieslings!
First up the Summer Riesling we tasted it near the well.
As it says it is a real summer wine. Very fresh, easy drinking, fruity with a medium finish.

Afterwards we went to the stainless tanks, where we tasted the basic Riesling Kabinett.
We also tasted the Kabinett from the tank from the new vintage!
Not ready Riesling really tastes most of the time of pears I think. You experience the amazingly high acidity and a very fruity pear like character and sometimes it also has something like asparagus. It’s just interesting to see it evolve.
The tank room is so amazingly large! I don’t know how many tanks are in there, but it’s real crazy.

                        

We also visited the cellars where there are holes in the sealing in every room to let light come in.
And near the walls there are this stream that runs through the whole the cellar to control the humidity.
Truly great thinking in earlier years!

We went to the bottling room, which looks different than others because of the very specific bottle shapes and the bottles are closed with a glass stopper. So this is all custom machines.
Here we tasted the Spatlese Trocken.
Which is still very dry, but delivers a fuller body, is more complex and has a more pronounced minerality.
This one has as well a longer finish.

 

 

 

Later we went to the vineyard where they try to work as natural as possible, so lots of bugs to see on the leaves!

 

 

Here we tasted the Feinherb Riesling.
I already said after I had my trip to Germany I have a newfound respect for Feinherb Riesling!
Besides, this one is nicely balanced, the sweetness is not flabby because the acidity is so super high that it balances it out. Fruity but fresh. Medium finish. Actually, what you expect from an easy drinking wine, but it has some more complexity because “ hallo” its from Schloss Vollrads.

Afterward, we went back to the shop where tasted a Spëtlese.
Which is sweeter, but nonetheless very high acidity, so not sticky. Great stone fruit almost confit and a great minerality. A little immature, so just a medium finish… this is going to get better with age. I’m certain of it!

                        

In the store we bought some Riesling.

My mom had to buy a limited edition, also nice easy drinking Riesling in a very decent bottle.
A Magnum of course!
If she does something, she does it well!

This was my visit to Schloss Vollrads in a nutshell!
If your in the neighborhood you should go visit it for yourself!

 

I am getting myself ready for Prowein again! The 18 and 19 the of March, again 2 full days non stop wine!

I’m keeping you posted.

Thx for the read. Enjoy your Riesling and see you the next RIESsearchING!