2020 Gebrüder Simon Sekt Riesling Brut, Mosel, Germany (750ml)

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Led by Kiki Pfitzer-Simon and Ingo Simon, Gebrüder Simon's winegrowing tradition dates back to 1724, and continues to this day, guided by passion, tradition and innovation. The current sparkling wine facility was built in 1995, and all their sparkling wines are made in the traditional or classic method. Ingo Simon is often found in other wine regions, producing sparkling wines, and flying as far as the Republic of Georgia to manage the production of several red wines. He is a real character—known for his wry wit, and his astute seriousness when it comes to his craft. He is the driving force behind this small family venture located in Lösnich, facing the impossibly steep, amphitheater-like slopes of the famous Ürziger Würzgarten, or ‘Garden of Spices’, just across the Mosel river. The winery cultivates just 4.5 hectares of vines in the world-famous locations of Ürziger Würzgarten, Erdener Treppchen, Lösnicher Försterlay and Kinheimer Rosenberg.

The 2020 Gebrüder Simon Sekt Brut was made from 100% Riesling sourced from two of the Mosel’s greatest vineyards: Ürziger Würzgarten and the neighboring Erdener Treppchen. All the aspects of production—beginning with the grape harvest, to the fermentation, bottling, riddling and disgorging—took place on the estate, ensuring complete quality control from grape to glass. Fermentation took place in the bottle in the méthode Champenoise. Like all the Gebrüder Simon sparkling wines, it was hand disgorged. The dosage was 7g/L and made with Eiswein. 600 cases produced.

Pale gold in the glass, this vibrant sparkler offers layered aromas of citrus zest and apricot punctuated with petrol, flint and gunpowder. The palate is expressive and lively, with intense flavors of green apple, lemon slices and underripe lychee. Light and refreshing, with chalky minerals and a slight earthy note on the finish. An exotic, slightly hedonistic sparkling wine that makes a wonderful apéritif.

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