Brand 'Pur Pinot Noir' 2017

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So, the Brand brothers have made quite a name for themselves in short order.  In four years they've gone from youngsters mucking about in the family cellar to iconic figures in Germany's exploding natural wine scene.  Although they set themselves apart with a command of the ancestral method (pet nat), they've quietly been producing these astounding 'pur' wines: soulful still wines without added SO2.  The grapes are coming from the windswept North of Pfalz on the hill of Sonnenberg where they achieve a balance of acidity and ripeness that is rare to the region. The winemaking starts with a technique of the great Burgundian master Henri Jayer: destemmed fruit goes through a prolonged 'cold maceration' of about a week, extracting subtle elements from the skins before the temperature is allowed to rise, igniting a ferment.  The fermenting wine is allowed to run its course without any punch downs or pump overs; both unusual and risky but raising the threshold of elegance. After 8 months in 500 liter halbstuck the wine gets bottled and here we are.

More than anything we are struck by how sublimely 'correct' this wine is.  Not that we were expecting this to be anything other than awesome but you hear about this kind of cellar work like and it's reasonable to assume some sharp angles in the mix.  Not so. The wine is surprisingly elegant, calling to mind a few of the most regal Pinots we’ve ever drunk!

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