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Brand Weissburgunder Trocken


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Vintage: 2019
Region: Pfalz, Germany
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Weissburgunder

Brand Weissburgunder Trocken is a zippy and delightful German white wine with flavors of pear, peach, and lemon zest.

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Electronica, Jousset and Jurtschitsch, organic farming and…label drawings by Oma.

The brothers Brand, Daniel and Jonas, have quickly brought attention to the far northern Pfalz, this cool-climate, limestone-rich, yet otherwise overlooked region. I would say the brothers have redefined this place, but that presupposes the place has actually been defined, which is a stretch.

While we are only about five miles south of Keller’s village (Flörsheim-Dalsheim), in this short trip we cross from the Rheinhessen into the Pfalz, from fame to obscurity. The “famous” Pfalz, the Mittelhaardt region, is a good 45-minutes south. Here, however, in the north, in the Brand brother’s village of Bockenheim, well, things are a bit quieter; the historic and gilded estates of the south, with their tended gardens and bustling tourism, give way to a quieter, more gritty, working agricultural feel in the north.

The Brand brothers are, however, electrifying their little town and this forgotten region. And they are doing so with huge smiles, a raucous joy – even downright excitement – in their role as stewards for the land.

It’s a rather curious blend of youthful exuberance, a surplus of energy and an unflappable belief in the future of viticulture in their vineyards, tempered by a maturity that is surprising given their ages (Daniel was born in 1990; Jonas in 1994).

If in some way the brothers, and their unique, crystalline natural wines, seem to have come out of nowhere, there is a context here. Their father, Jürgen, was one of the first advocates for environmentally conscious agriculture, joining an important organic organization in 1994. However, it wasn’t until Daniel came into the winery in 2014 that they made the transition to organic viticulture. Starting with vintage 2018, they are certified organic. They are also pursuing parts of the biodynamic philosophies, with the very real desire to understand and integrate its principles, without necessarily blindly following the ideology. The brothers, for their own parts, have worked with a bevy of “who’s who” producers including Lise and Bertrand Jousset in the Loire, and Alwin Jurtschitsch in Austria’s Kamptal.

For what it’s worth, I’ve seen few vineyards that are as wild, that so proudly flaunt their flora and fauna – I don’t know if it’s better for the wines, but it makes the trips through the vineyards something like a garden tour (see below). Frankly, it’s fucking beautiful; it’s also pure hell for those with allergies.