Riesling Sekt Extra-Brut, Minges
The base wine is aged on the fine lees for a year before going en tirage. It’s then on the lees for three and a half years.
Unlike most purveyors of Sekt, Minges does all the work themselves; tirage, riddling, disgorging. The wine is really pure and racy— the connection to Champagne is tangible; indeed it smells like Avize – it’s streamlined and dry (a Brut felt a touch too sweet). Sometimes tasting vins claires in Champagne you could swear you’re tasting young Riesling. Sometimes Rieslings at Minges smell a little like Champagne. The two places are almost identically located latitudinally, and are about three driving hours apart. There is a thread uniting them, sometimes translucent and other times vivid— like now. — Terry Theise
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