No Precedent: Burgundian? Chablisien? Do not miss…

Posted by Joe Salamone

We very purposely left out the mention of “Weissburgunder,” or Pinot Blanc from the subject line.

It is for the simple reason that the grape variety here provides no context for what these wines are. We don’t believe there are any precedents for these wines.

The density and lavishness of the bottlings, their textural fine-ness, the satiny, almost delicately oiliness remind us a little bit of Meursault. Yet, their drive and the cut of the wines gesture towards a cooler climate, something Chablisien…

Wasenhaus' work with Weissburgunder stretches the possibilities of the grape so far that it simply transcends prior horizons. These are singularly compelling examples of Weissburgunder.

The Burgundian comparison is apt; both of the forces behind Wasenhaus worked in Burgundy before starting Wasenhaus in Germany's Baden region. The roster of estates that Wasenhaus' Alex Götze and Christoph Wolber have worked at is impressive (Comte Armand, Bernard van Berg, Leflaive, de Montille, and Pierre Morey). They brought this Burgundian expertise back to Germany and started working old-vine parcels with incredible sensitivity to the differences in terroir. 

We offered their rare Pinot Noirs a couple of weeks ago, highlighting the sheer quality and uniqueness of the bottlings that have made them, very quickly, cult treasures. Their whites are equally, if not more, amazing. 

Two wines are on offer, the regular “Weissburgunder” and the single-vineyard “Möhlin”  On the 2018 Möhlin, the winemakers have written: “this is probably the best white wine we have ever made,” and the two friends are not known for their hyperbole. Möhlin is sourced from a steep, terraced vineyard with vines planted in the 1950s on limestone.

The basic Weissburgunder is anything but. It's a wine of gravitas, length, and focus. It's sourced mainly from volcanic soils with some grapes added from lesser plots that help add volume and soften the mineral intensity of the wine.

For us, these are essential wines and powerful examples of how a young generation of German winemakers are pushing the boundaries of what's possible. These are some of the most exciting wines in Germany.  

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2018 Wasenhaus Weissburgunder & Weissburgunder Möhlin

2018 Weissburgunder Special Bottle Price: $44.95
Special 3-Pack Price: $119.85 ($39.95/btl)


2018 Weissburgunder Möhlin
Special Bottle Price: $99.95

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