2020 Weiser-Künstler Grand Cru Dry:
More Soil than Riesling...

Posted by Joe Salamone

Three Brilliant, Distinct, Voices: Steffensberg – Gaispfad - Ellergrub GE

Two years ago, we were able to offer an excruciatingly small tranche of these rare Grand Crus.

Today, for the first time in our history, we are able to offer these wines to a wide audience. 

The reason is as simple as it is obvious: The pandemic forced many restaurants in Europe to cancel their allocations. So yes: This may be the only time we will ever be able to offer larger allocations of these ultra-rare wines.

photo of Steffensberg - looking over the village of Enkirch

At only $145.85 on the 3-pack, with a la carte pricing as well, now is the moment – and go big if you can.

As we’ve written before – and as is widely accepted among the serious scholars of German wine – Weiser-Künstler is simply making some of the greatest wines in Germany.

If you have never tried these wines, this is an amazing opportunity, especially as the importer vom Boden will be leading a guided tour through these sites (more below).

Especially so, their Grand Cru dry wines are meditative, whispering, crystalline, profoundly mineral and saline; in some ways they seem to have as much to do with teas or distillates as they do with wine.

These wines are more about the soil than what we normally think of in dry Riesling. As such, fans of Chablis or fans of the ultra-cooling tones of Champagne will find these wines worthy of study. These wines benefit from a decant and open up over several days; nothing should be rushed when experiencing Weiser-Künstler.

In 2020, as Mosel Fine Wines has reported, “Weiser-Künstler nailed the vintage.”

All three sites are Grand Cru and so distinct. The Steffensberg, running up a side valley, is the most luxurious of the three. The Gaispfad, with 80-year-old, ungrafted vines planted on an iron-rich slate, is herbal and dense. Finally, the Ellergrub, with ungrafted vines well over a hundred years old, is simply one of the Mosel’s greatest treatises on slate.

While Weiser-Künstler is the ultimate winemaker’s winemaker and easily one of the most influential Mosel estates, because of their tiny production their wines and sites are simply not as well known in the U.S. as they should be.

However, on Wednesday evening, May 4th, Weiser-Künstler’s importer vom Boden will be leading a free, open-to-the-public, Zoom tasting using Google Earth to explore the estate and these amazing vineyards.

You don’t have to buy the wines to join the tasting, but it would certainly make it more fun. For more information on this tasting, please just email info@vomboden.com.

To order any of the Weiser-Künstler Grand Crus, reply to this email.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Special 3-Pack Price (1 or each): $145.85

2020 Steffensberg
Special Bottle Price: $44.95

2020 Gaispfad
Special Bottle Price: $54.95

2020 Ellergrub Grosse Eule
Special Bottle Price: $62.95