A small offering of Falkenstein 22s

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"We've been waiting for months to get the chance to send this offer, and the moment is finally here! With as much fanfare as a simple email can muster, we're happy to announce the arrival of the 2010s from Hofgut Falkenstein............

//  Sorry, no 2010s, but we thought we'd throwback to one of the first articles we wrote about Falkenstein, back in 2012. //

....one of Germany's great maverick estates. Erich Weber, the proprietor and winemaker, crafts wines that are unlike any others, not just in Germany, but anywhere in the world.  They are light, fresh, and generally much drier than we would expect based on the prädikat each is given (Spätlese, Auslese, etc.) Vibrant acidity and explicit mineral flavors are prominent across the board.  Not buttressed by high levels of residual sugar or ripe, creamy richness, the wines can seem austere at first; to us they are savory, direct and, above all, transparent.

Falkenstein cellar (Photo: Cari Bernard)

The vineyards lie in and around the small villages of Konz-Niedermennig and Krettnach, where the Saar empties into the Mosel, not far from the Ancient Roman city of Trier. The winemaking is as old-school as you can imagine in Germany. The vineyard-work is close to organic and all the grapes are hand-harvested in multiple passes. In the cellar nothing is added or taken away from the wine (with the exception of a small amount of sulfur dioxide): no enzymes, no cultured yeasts, no sugar, no de-acidification. The wines are honest, authentic examples of both their terroir and vintage. Fermentations are long and leisurely in Weber's cool cellar, and the amount of sugar left in the wine is determined by when the yeasts finish working. Everything is done in large old fuder; there's not a stainless steel tank or a barrique to be found in the cellar, nor any artificial temperature control devices. The Saar is a hotbed for top-quality growers making great wine with distinctive voices, and while we remain devoted fans of the likes of Egon Müller, Geltz-Zilliken and Peter Lauer, the delicate, piquant wines of Hofgut Falkenstein stand alone.

Falkenstein wines have been available in the US before, but this is the first new vintage to be imported since 2006. The '10s are thankfully here now due to the diligent work of the great Lars Carlberg, an American with an undying passion for Mosel Riesling. Living in Trier, he has worked successfully for years as an importer bringing in some of the best lesser-known, artisanal estates on the Mosel. Hofgut Falkenstein is his first release under the label "Lars Carlberg Selections" and will be available exclusively at Chambers Street. - JFR"

// So much has changed since we first sold a bottle of 2005 Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spatlese Trocken in 2007 (the oldest item we have in our system, at the time from VOS selections), and began spreading the love from the 2010 vintage onward. Erich's middle son, Johannes has joined with his father to further the story of Hofgut Falkenstein, and the wines aren't available exclusively at Chambers Street anymore!  The cat is out of the bag, for lack of a better phrase, and it has been nearly impossible to offer the wines on the web anymore due to loyal and dedicated group of enthusiasts, and a generally small amount of wine. Our last offer of a few bottlings was in 2019, with the 2018 vintage, and we finally were able to get enough wine with the 2022 vintage to send a small offering! WINES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY OR PICK UP WEEK OF FEB. 12th  //

Johannes and Erich Weber

** Thanks to our amazing staff who have written about the wines over the years, From John Ritchie to Cari Bernard, Jonathan Kemp to John McIlwain (any Johns I'm missing?). Their passion and support for the wines, the Weber family and the Falkenstein project, helped to share their story with the world in a truly historic way! **

Falkenstein, Hofgut NV Landwein de Mosel (Pet-Nat) Weissburgunder

This is an ancestral style hazy sparkling Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the Falkenstein estate in the Mosel. An unexpected surprise this year, and a welcome one. No filtration here, which wins us some lively texture and yeasty flavors. The alcohol is low, and the acid high, making it a great way to reset after a meal, or get things started before one.

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