Johannes Weber is coming to town and it is our distinct honor that he will be joining us at the store for a couple of hours of wine, and conversation on Thursday, January 29th at 6 p.m! He will also be accompanied by Lars Carlberg, a great steward of wine and Mosel historian of sorts. His family estate, Hofgut Falkenstein has long been one of our favorite sources of high-acid, terroir-driven wines. Falkenstein was formed in 1901 and is currently run by Erich Weber. Natural yeasts, spontaneous fermentations, and ruthless minerality are the hallmark of this traditional Saar estate. 8 hectares are planted in and around the remote village of Konz-Niedermennig, and their intent is to stay small. The average age of the Webers’ vines is between 40 and 50 years old, with the oldest ranging from 60 to 80 years old. The Webers work organically with the exception of a synthetic spray that is preferred to the traditional Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate and hydrated lime) to fight against mildew or peronospora. According to Erich, copper is a toxic heavy metal that builds up in the soil unlike the synthetic treatment which does not.
Weissburgunder and Spätburgunder are also planted in small quantities in addition to Riesling. The vineyards have mostly grey slate with certain sections having red and blue as well. The slate soil of the Mosel and the Saar have low pH values, and hence the high concentrations of acidity. The harvest is done in stages, and fermentation is done in old wooden casks. The various parcels of the estate are vinified seperately. A rarity these days, Erich hand bottles his own wines cask by cask. He does not believe in corrections, and the emphasis is on the work in his vineyards. A real gem of the Saar, the wines of Hofgut Falkenstein are highly drinkable, light-bodied, and just old-school. Tasting their wines always leaves us thirsty and intrigued, so please stop by to meet Johannes and find out why.