Enderle & Moll, Weiss & Grau (2021)
Close to a 60/40 blend of Weißburgunder and Grauburgunder (Pinots Blanc and Gris) fermented for 3-4 weeks on the skins,
pressed and moved to a 2500-liter oak cask. It then matures for 10 months on the lees before a light filtration a minute
addition of sulfur at bottling.An exceedingly vernal amber-tinged white of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris with a lightly tannic grip
from around one week on the skins. There’s a charming bouquet of orange blossoms, apricots and lanolin. The palate is
textured with notes of yellow apple peels, dried nectarines, and marzipan. An amber wine that’s great with lighter fare or
can work alone as an aperitif in these increasingly warm spring days. Everything is done naturally, with native ferments, no
filtering or fining and nothing is added save a tiny dose of sulfites at bottling.
Enderle & Moll is really just two guys, a tiny cellar, a few hectares of old vines, and a hell of a lot of buzz – even Jancis Robinson has called them “cult". Sven Enderle and Florian Moll farm a total of 2.1ha on the western fringe of the Black Forest. Most of their Pinot comes from two sites: one with 25-45 year-old vines planted in colored sandstone (Buntsandstein), and one other miniscule plot (0.045ha total) from four tiny terraces, home to 60 year-old vines (the oldest in the region) planted in shell limestone (Muschelkalk). All work in the vineyard is done by hand, yields are low, and vineyard work is organic/biodynamic. Walking through the vineyard, it is easy to see where the Enderle & Moll plots begin and end, so clear is the vitality of their vines and soil. Sven and Florian are hands-off in the cellar and it shows in the wines. Parcels are vinified separately, with one-third whole clusters. Grapes are crushed in an old wooden basket press and then go into secondhand Burgundian barrels (mostly from Domaine Dujac). Bottling, like everything else, is done by hand, and there is no fining or filtration. Because they don’t care for the quality criteria for Pinots in Baden, they’ve decided to declassify their Pinot Noir as a Tafelwein, which legally disallows them from putting vineyard names on the label. Florian thinks it foolish to automatically equate higher ripeness levels with better quality and that doing so often leads to overripe, high-alcohol wines with lots of extract and a shortage of acidity and delicacy. These are delicious Pinots (to say nothing of their Müller-Thurgau, which is likely the best version of that grape you will ever taste) of enormous integrity, made with undeniable passion and point of view. Also, Sven Enderle has the best facial hair in the wine business with the possible exception of Jo Landron. Silly-limited production.
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