Riesling sparkling wine – Brut
Grown on approximately 120 years old vines, fermented in the bottles for several years.
German sparkling wine was highly regarded in the period around 1900. In the imperial era this wine was present at every festive occasion, equal to the French Champagne, it was served in the very best restaurants and luxury hotels of the Empire.
One of the hallmarks of the quality sparkling wine culture at the time, was that the base wines came exclusively from the best vineyard sites. They were then allowed to mature in the cellars for many years, naturally fermenting in the bottles according to classic methods, before being enjoyed by wine lovers.
At Van Volxem we follow exactly this traditional model with our 1900 Brut, which derives from wonderfully aromatic grapes of the slightly cooler side valleys of the Saar. After the natural first fermentation in wooden barrels, its second fermentation, in traditional bulbous champagne bottles, lasts up to a period of 5 years. These two processes are the reason for its aromatic length and extremely fine perlage.
Much of the production comes from ungrafted old vines, many from around the time of 1900, grown on skeleton-rich slate layers. The name "1900 Brut" refers to these old vines as well as referring back to the style of the Imperial era. We strive to recreate the characterful Sekts of this great era with their seductive ripe fruit flavors and great density, complexity and silky smooth texture. We are delighted to revive, once again, an almost forgotten culture in many of the very best restaurants.