When it comes to sparkling wine, Champagne has no equal...or so I thought. Sometimes life's biggest surprises come from the most unlikely of places.
I first tasted today's wine a couple of years ago, at the importer Selection Massale's trade tasting in New York. There were hundreds of wines on display and they were all French, the only exception being this wine. I couldn't believe what I was tasting: a champagne-method sparkling wine made in Southern Germany of all places. I remember the moment like it was yesterday; the flavors, aromas and textures. It was as if I were tasting one of the world's finest Champagnes, only with more vigor and energy, and I quickly deemed the bottle the standout wine of the event.
FINALLY, two years and a global pandemic later, I've managed to acquire some for Monarch. I have yet to find single-vintage Champagne of this quality and at this price. Today, I am proud to offer the ONLY bottles of 2015 Knauss, Brut Zero in South Carolina!
2015 Knauss, Brut Zero - $52.99
Newsletter price - $49.99
To order, reply directly to this email or call me at 843.576.4845
Andi Knauss took over his family's winery in 2004. He was the first to begin making wine commercially for the estate, which is located in a tiny town in southern Germany and best known for the Mercedes Benz factory located there. His predecessors made wine only as a hobby, mostly to take the edge off after long shifts in the factory.
Only in his early thirties, Andi has slowly built up the estate parcel by parcel, and today makes wine from 15 hectares of vineyards. This is certainly one of the most exciting and important estates in Germany today. The varying parcels are made up of deep limestone soils, just as they are in Champagne. Everything is worked naturally, and his winemaking is careful and conscientious.
These are wines that changed my perception of what German wines are, and can be.
100% Pinot Noir planted on limestone soils. Grapes are hand harvested and native yeast fermented. The wine goes through extended aging its lees before being disgorged with no added sugar.
A powerful yet seductive nose of crisp apple, pear, toasted brioche and even a touch of raspberry. The bone-dry palate pops with a fine mousse, bright acidity and incredible mineral concentration. This is as serious and refined as sparkling wine gets and a MUST for any Champange lover!