Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling
It may be hard for today’s Champagne lovers to imagine, but there was a time when German sparkling wines were all the rage. In the late 1800’s and through the beginning of the 20th Century Sparkling Riesling from the Mosel region, or Sekt as is it know in German, was wildly popular in the United States, and held in greater esteem than French Champagne. During this period Sparkling Mosel Riesling featured prominently on the finest wine lists such as the Waldorf Astoria, Grand Central Oyster Bar, St. Regis, and resorts like Mohonk Mountain and Saratoga Springs.
Today, charismatic veteran winemaker and consultant Dr. Enno Lippold, whom some of our customers recently had the good fortune to meet in our store, carries forward the tradition of great German Sparkling wine with his excellent Dr. Lippold Sparkling Riesling. This dry premium sparkler is made from selected vintage wines from the Mosel and aged 6 months on the lees to create complexity, and a rich, elegant mouthfeel. It boasts focused, bright apple and white berry aromas, and a broad, expansive palate that belies its exceptionally reasonable price.
Domaine Valentin Zusslin Cremant d’Alsace Brut Zero
The vineyards of Domaine Zusslin have been in the same family since 1691, and are run today by the brother and sister team of Marie and Jean Paul Zusslin. The winery is based in the Alsatian town of Orschwihr and the vines are planted on the area’s bucolic hillsides. In some regards the 13th generation of Zusslins aren’t doing things so much differently than the first when it comes to their wines. Since 1997 the domaine has been following Biodynamic practices, ensuring that no synthetic chemicals or treatments are used in the vineyard, and much of the work in the vineyard and cellar is still done by hand. Only indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentation process, and very little if any sulfur is added at bottling to preserve the wines. This hands-off philosophy creates wines full of vitality and the greatest expression of their environment.
Among Zusslin’s wines, in my estimation, the Cremant Brut Zero Sans Soufre is a true standout. As the name implies, this sparkling beauty is bone dry with no sweetener added at bottling, and to the joy of those of you seeking the ever elusive low-sulfite wines, free of any added sulfites. It features both power and elegance with aromas and flavors of quince and citrus, backed by a nervy mineral streak and racy, balanced acidity. This is a great wine to go to if you want to venture outside of the Champagne region for some of France’s best and most elegant bubbly. Just like Champagne, it is made by the traditional method, which requires secondary fermentation in the bottle, and from Chardonnay grapes, but with the regionally unique addition of Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The crisp elegance of Zusslin Cremant makes it a great aperitif or the perfect match for sushi, sashimi, oysters, and other seafood.
Rand, our German and Alsace wine buyer
Special Tasting Event, Wednesday June 8th4pm to 7pm
Teutonic Sparklers: Austria, Germany & Alsace
- Meinklang Prosa Frizzante Rose 2013
- Weingut Langmann Schilcher Sekt 2011 (Blauer Wildbacher)
- Dr. Lippold Dry Sparkling Riesling 2011
- Domaine Valentin Zusslin Cremant D'alsace Brut Zero Sans Soufre Ajoute