No Precedent:
Wasenhaus Single-Vineyards

Posted by Joe Salamone

Wasenhaus' wines are nothing short of a revelation.

They are some of the most exciting wines in Germany. For us, Wasenhaus' work is a powerful example of how a young generation of German winemakers are reinventing German wine.

For the past few vintages, we've eagerly awaited our modest allocation, and then the wines disappear. Today, we're happy to offer Wasenhaus' 2019 single-vineyard Weissburgunder and Spätburgunder from Am Kreuz, Bellen, and Möhlin.

It's somewhat extraordinary that Wasenhaus' reputation has grown so large and so quickly. The estate is tiny, little more than a minuscule collection of old-vine parcels farmed by two Germans who met working in Burgundy years ago. However, the wines are jaw-droppingly good. People freak out over them once they've tasted them and enthusiastically spread the word.

Wasenhaus' Alex Götze and Christoph Wolber focus on old-vine parcels and old clonal selections. The winemaking is minimal: whole-cluster pressing (by basket press) followed by élevage in old barrels. 

Their work with Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) stretches the possibilities of the grape so far that it simply transcends prior horizons. These are singularly compelling examples of Weissburgunder. Their Spätburgunders (Pinot Noirs) are also mind-bendingly unique, delivering depth and refinement. 

Of the single-vineyard bottlings, both Bellen and Möhlin come from limestone soils. Bellen is steep and always marries power to textural refinement. Möhlin is the grander and more complex of the lineup, coming from especially poor limestone soils in the cooler side valley. Finally, Am Kreuz comes from a poor gneiss and granite site with a high iron content. Both wines from Am Kreuz show an incisive intensity and elegance. 

Before closing, I should emphasize that quantities are extremely limited. These are some of the most fascinating wines being made in Germany. Sadly, as is often the case, the quantities produced are small and there are many people across the world hunting them down. 

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2019 Weissburgunder Bellen
Special Bottle Price: $64.95

2019 Weissburgunder Am Kreuz
Special Bottle Price: $79.95

2019 Weissburgunder Möhlin
Special Bottle Price: $94.95

2019 Spätburgunder Am Kreuz
Special Bottle Price: $59.95

2019 Spätburgunder Bellen
Special Bottle Price: $94.95

2019 Spätburgunder Möhlin
Special Bottle Price: $119.95