Weisser Burgunder trocken 2023

Producer: Weingut Wechsler
Region: Rheinhessen
Appellation: Wonnegau
Country: Germany
Wine Type: White
Variety: Pinot Blanc
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: 3.2 g/L
Soil: Loess (Pararendzina)
Farming Practices: Cetified organic, sustainable, vegan
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Cellar Profile

The Rheinhessen suffered from over a century of (mis)use for sheer bulk production. Glorious, old vine vineyards sitting on steep, calcareous outcrops were largely forgotten in favour of high yielding sites lower down the hills. In recent years, with the movement to craft better quality wines, the Rheinhessen has a had a series of rising stars (particularly Klaus Peter Keller) creating sublime bone dry Rieslings that have achieved cult status. One of Keller’s protégés and neighbours, young Katharina Wechsler, took over her family winery in 2012 and has quickly become an ascending star in the region. She sources from “Grand Cru” level vineyards Kirchspiel and Morstein (used by Keller for his top bottlings), as well as her family’s monopole vineyard site, Benn, to make nervy, complex, ageworthy wines using biodynamic practices, spontaneous ferments, minimal intervention and eschewing most fining and filtration. She also makes a series of “Natural”, funky wines with extended skin contact. These world class wines are stunningly affordable.


Germany’s largest wine region, Rheinhessen was historically known for mainly producing large amounts of bulk wine destined for the export market. That began to change gradually beginning in the 1980s, when growers began to focus on lower yields, drier styles and overall higher quality wines. Today, the region is home to the majority of Germany’s organic/biodynamic viticulture, with a great number of young and energetic producers eschewing the past and leading the future. Unlike other German wine regions, there are significant plantings of many grapes, though Riesling plays a role here as well, to be sure. You will find plenty of Muller-Thurgau, Dornfelder, Silvaner and Pinots Gris, Noir and Blanc throughout. The climate is relatively mild, protected by countless hills and forests and moderated on the east and west border by the Nahe and Rhine rivers, respectively. Soil types vary, though the majority are a mix of loess and loam with limestone deposits mixed with gravel.


Sourced from single vineyards in Westhofen (Benn and Aulerde), where grapevines thrive in clayey marl soils and limestone deposits. There are layers of limestone meandering through the substrate, channeling water and ensuring the plants have enough to drink even in the hottest parts of summer. The smallest vineyard in Westhofen, Benn is a monopole that has been in the Wechsler family for generations.


Pinot Blanc (Weisserburgunder) is the white grape mutation of Pinot Noir. It is found mostly in Germany and Northern Italy, where wines are refreshing, peachy and dry. Sometimes intensely aromatic, Pinot Blanc often displays notes of white florals and stone fruit.


Hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed, sorted and crushed, with a few hours of some maceration on the skins to gain texture and complexity. Pressed into stainless steel for a cool ferment using indigenous yeast. The wine ages on its lees, kept cool to avoid malolactic fermentation, and is bottled nervy and fresh. It is unfined and unfiltered, so may have some trace amounts of lees and sediment.

Tasting Notes 

Lemon-straw coloured, there is the faintest hint of cloudiness in the glass once you get to the bottom of the bottle. Juicy stone fruits on the nose, with white flowers and lemon zest. Fresh and lively, with a heft of leesy richness. Peach, apricot, honeydew and minerality in the mouth. Chill lightly and serve with a picnic lunch, a Cobb Salad or Wiener Schnitzel with warm potato salad.