The Wengert "Museum" vineyard.

Jochen Beurer : Young Swabian

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Jochen Beurer is a man on a mission, in fact, a man on many missions.

While most steep vineyard growers have their hands full with 700 to 800 hours of vineyard work per hectare, per year (double the number of work hours for flatland vineyards), Jochen is driven.  Driven, in his youth, to become European BMX Champion, before starting his 10-hectare family winery in the municipality of Kernen im Remstal, 11km east of Stuttgart, in Southwest Germany.

Looking beyond his own vineyards, Jochen created a platform in 2001 for quality-focused, young growers to exchange ideas, Junges Schwaben (Young Swabians) now includes more than 24 local wine growers. For his own vines, the transition towards organic farming began in 2003 and all his vineyards were certified organic in 2009 (EcoVin) and biodynamic in 2012 (Demeter).

One of Jochen’s recent projects is among his most ambitious. The goal of the Wengert vineyard (shown in the title image) is the preservation of regionally endangered medieval grape cultivars (Heunisch, Räuschling, Frühroter Malvasier, Gelber Orleans, Gewürztraminer, Veltliner Rosa, Scheuchner, Portugieser, Urban, Affentaler among others). The project is a wide-ranging communal and collaborative effort, as well as a showcase for respectful viticulture, allowing local flora and fauna to thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this vantage point of dynamic, creative energies given enough care and protection to flourish, it’s worth returning to the literal bedrock that inspired and underpins it all. Naturally, Jochen has already done the heavy lifting and rendered his vineyard soils understandable in fine detail.

Beginning with the Gipskeuper (gypsum), the oldest subsoil at the base of the pyramid and at the bottom of the hill (280-310m above sea level, southeast facing). Jochen has younger Riesling vines planted in the limestone and clay topsoils of the Gipskeuper, which yield refreshingly savory wines. Ascending the geological pyramid and the hill, the next limestone subsoil is Schilfsandstein (310-340m, south-facing, quartz-laden), over which Jochen grows 35-year-old Riesling vines. The resulting wines are salty, lean, and the perfect aperitif.

Kieselsandstein is the next limestone tier on the pyramid and terrace on the hillside. This subsoil underlies part of prestigious Pulvermächer vineyard (350-360m, 35-year-old Riesling). Jochen ferments and ages these wines in foudre and they often have the mineral girding to be very cellar-worthy. Finally, Stubensandstein is the youngest limestone subsoil, the apex of the pyramid, the top of the hill, and the source for Jochen’s top tier wine, “Junges Schwaben”. This walled, 800 square meter, vineyard is planted with 40-year-old Riesling vines and the resulting Junges Schwaben is an elegantly sultry wine that captures and holds the imagination for days after tasting.

Jochen’s multi-front efforts have now drawn justifiable recognition and accolades from a who’s who list of critics. Beurer has won a very deserved place on the map of noteworthy wines and we’re delighted to present Jochen's new releases!

- David Salinas

 

 

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Beurer, Jochen 2014 Württemberg Riesling Trocken

A blend from several of Jochen's vineyards, this pale, golden yellow Riesling is bone-dry and delicious! The nose offers aromas of lemon blossom, lime zest, and hazelnut. The palate is taut, nervy, and mineral with a lovely tart and salty finish. - David Salinas

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Beurer, Jochen 2013 Württemberg Riesling Gipskeuper

Savory Riesling from Gipskeuper (gypsum) subsoils with limestone and clay topsoils. Pale straw yellow in color and sporting a floral and sultry nose with notes of hyacinth, muskwood, and late harvest peaches. The palate is round and balanced with a spicy minerality that sings to a refreshingly tart finish.

- David Salinas

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Beurer, Jochen 2013 (8/18 Arrival) Württemberg Riesling Schilfsandstein

Piercingly pure minerality dominates the Schifelsandstein Riesling from limestone and quartz speckled soils. The nose is alive with aromas of sea salt, lime blossom, honeysuckle, and pistachios. The palate is high-toned with a sweet and sour tartness that carries through to a lengthy and savory finish.

- David Salinas

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Beurer, Jochen 2013 (8/18 Arrival) Württemberg Riesling Kieselsandstein

Foudre-aging has been judiciously managed in the impeccably dry and fuller-bodied Kieselsandstein Riesling. The nose floats aromas of lemongrass, fresh minced ginger, and ground mace. The palate is mouth-wateringly zippy with a nutmeg and cardamom coda.

- David Salinas

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Beurer, Jochen 2013 Württemberg Riesling Junges Schwaben

Grosses Gewächs power and world-class finesse shine through in this showcase "Junges Schwaben" (Young Swabians) 40-year-old vine Riesling. Pale straw yellow in color, the nose is simply intoxicating with aromas of mace, musk thistle, spearmint, lime blossom, and oleander. The finely poised palate unfolds in lengthy stages to reveal a refined and filigreed minerality that carries through to a resoundingly dry finish. This is stunning Riesling!

- David Salinas

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Beurer, Jochen 2014 Württemberg Rosé

Typically a blend of Trollinger, Portugieser, Zweigelt, and Pinot Noir, the super-dry 2014 rosé is shimmering with copper and violet tones. The nose is expressive with aromas of strawberries, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut, and sea salt. While the palate is delightfully tart with notes of fresh raspberries and darkest chocolate.

- David Salinas

 

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