Jochen Beurer

Summer Of Swabia

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It's fun to drink serious wines from a winemaking region most Americans have never heard of and Germans simply scoff at. The area is Swabia--an area dear to our hearts and inspiring all because of two growers who have taken it upon themselves to take advantage of the hillside vineyards outside of Stuttgart. While most of their neighbors scorch the earth with RoundUp and sell to the local cooperatives, Jochen Beurer and Andi Knauss do the opposite. All of their offerings are a reflection of not just Swabian soils but of conscientious farming and understated winemaking. Jochen is certified biodynamic and Andi practices organic farming, and both have a careful, largely hands-off approach in the cellar. They also both compete with each other, pushing each other to excel at making wines that reflect the various soil compositions of their parcels. Even better, their wines are exceedingly thirst-quenching: they have depth without heft, and are fresh without ever being flashy.

Dry Rieslings with terrific finesse and balance are their main specialty, but we also love their versions of the local Trollinger grape. Most Swabian Trollinger is insipid plonk; chaptalized, overly-processed, fruity red wine with little reason to be consumed an hour's drive outside of Stuttgart. Yet Knauss and Beurer manage to make Trollinger that is light, bright and pure, perfect for warm-weather grilling and picnics. And nothing will put the sparkle in your summer like the recent disgorgement of Andi Knauss' Sekt Zero, which is even more complex and delcious than the first shipment. There were only 300 bottles produced from this run -- so get these Swabian sparkles while you can. Jonathan Kemp

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Beurer, Jochen 2012 Württemberg Riesling Gipskeuper

Ripe and dark fruit with a stony, salty nose, this has quite a lot of depth but plenty of freshness to balance. Pleasant and graceful, there are pretty, subtle, floral details that emerge after it's open for a little while. From east-southeast facing vines, this is done in stainless steel. Always a terrific value and excellent expression of the dark, mineral character found in Swabian Rieslings, but often more light on its feet than the other bottlings. Jonathan Kemp

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Knauss 2012 Württemberg Riesling Trocken 'G'

Our hero in Swabia, young Andi Knauss, continues to produce some of the most exciting and wonderfully easy drinking reds and whites from Southern Germany. His 2011 Riesings (both G and R) were among the most mineral, racy and pure in that exuberantly fruity vintage, so just imagine how well-defined and chiseled his wines are from 2012, a generally cooler and sharper year. Like his Trollinger in the liter bottle, this is one of the best wines for the money from anywhere in Germany. -jfr

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Knauss 2012 Württemberg Riesling Sekt Zero

This dry, zero-dosage Sekt is sourced from twelve plots of Knauss' Riesling vines of 15-30 years-old grown on a thin, clay topsoil that barely covers the underlying limestone. And the limestone, of course, is what really comes through: like a 18-wheeler barreling down the highway, in fact. Delicious aromas of fresh apricots and nectarines, a zippy, limey, backbone, and an underlying body with chalky texture adds depth, length, and quite a bit of soul. Vibrant, refreshing, and wonderful. Jonathan Kemp

UPDATED 4/20/15: The current bottling is from a June 2014 disgorgement. More leesy and opulent than before, it still keeps the bracing acidic structure and squeaky-clean finish, but there is more complexity. Bone dry at 1-2 g/l of residual sugar. Really fantastic! Jonathan Kemp

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Beurer, Jochen 2013 Trollinger

Not unlike Poulsard or Gamay, this Trollinger is soft, fragrant, and high-toned, with just a little hint of cherry Life Saver. Bright acids and herbaceous, earthy, darker shades to the fruit provide complexity. A touch of texture and spritz on the finish makes this light, cleansing, fruity red perfect for warm-weather grilling. De-stemmed but only pressed at the end of fermentation, it is made entirely in neutral oak barrels. Jochen Beurer is showing the world all the delicious things that can come out of Swabia with excellent vineyard work and biodynamic farming. Jonathan Kemp

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Knauss 2013 Württemberg Trollinger 1 Liter

Trollinger is known as Schiava or Vernaccia Rosso in Italy. The light, refreshing Swabian version done here by Andi Knauss is similarly not a tannic wine, but it has an irresistible verve and energy not unlike Poulsard that sets it apart from its Italian cousins. This vintage is the best we've tasted yet, with remarkable purity, pleasing, high-toned cherry fruit, and cleansing acidity. Thank goodness this is a 1-liter bottle. It always gets guzzled. Jonathan Kemp

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