Wasenhaus, Weissburgunder, 2018
Christoph Wolber and Alexander Götze met in Burgundy while getting their enology education at the local school in Beaune. At the same time they both worked full time jobs between some of Burgundy’s top biodynamic estates: Alex has spent nearly a decade between Pierre Morey and De Montille, where he is currently the chef de culture (the vineyard manager), and Christoph had some years at Leflaive, Bernhard van Berg, Domaine de la Vougeraie and Comte Armand. Shortly after they became roommates, they hatched a plan to return to Germany and start a new project in Baden, a wine region that sits on the east side of the Rhine Graben, across from and within sight of the Alsatian wine region, all in a valley that separates Germany’s Black Forest from France’s Vosge mountains.
The Pinot Blanc grapes (Weissburgunder is the German name) come from various plots around the volcanic soils of the 'Kaiserstuhl' and sandy loess soils from Staufen. Aged in used Burgundian barrels the wine develops a rich depth and beautiful butteriness. This is a wine for any Burgundy lover and ones that like the finer things in life. This is the real deal and, like it's red counterpart the Spätburgunder, this punches several weight classes above its station.