Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Edesheim, Pfalz
🇩🇪 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: Pinot Blanc
🌶️ Taste: extra brut
📅 Vintage: 2015
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 1,8 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: 6,8 g/l
💰 Price: 9,00 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 02 March 2020
Werner Anselmann is one of the largest wineries in Germany. It is on the German Wine Route (Deutsche Weinstrasse). The winery includes a wine tasting stand and additionally a typical regional restaurant called Straussenwirtschaft.
Anselmann Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), extra brut, 2010 no longer exists. Sold out. The new vintage is 5 years younger. Let’s taste if it’s worth drinking.
Clear, pale yellow-green.
The mousseux is not, as described by the winery, extremely fine and long lasting. There are extremely large bubbles in the sparkling wine.
First impression: slightly sour and fermented. Below that the sparkling wine smells of citrus fruits. Overall, the odour doesn’t turn me on.
Anselmann, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), 2015, extra brut tastes sour. It is overall absolutely unattractive. The taste reminds me of fermented grass. There is no fruity aroma.
At this point I don’t want to drink more of the sparkling wine. I have no interest in finding out if it gets better. All in all Taste, Looks and Smell are offensive.
POP or FLOP
FLOP. At first I thought it was a bad bottle. That can happen. Or the sparkling wine is just too young for me.
In 2015, the German Wine Institute (DWI) reported top quality in all german wine growing areas. I want to point out that sparkling wine won a gold medal at the Portugal Wine Trophy 2019. What went wrong this time? I don’t understand it.
The reviewed bottle was not the only questionable one. I tested the whole box because I hoped to find a better drink.
In summary: 6 bottles of bad Anselmann, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), 2015, extra brut. Each sparkling wine was terrible. It was an expensive evening without taste experience.
The wine tasting stand is open all year. You can test wine and sparkling wine for free whenever you like. There is plenty of different Sekt (German sparkling wine). Have a sip to compare different vintages and grape varieties. It’s overall the best way to find out what you like best. Daily Opening hours
Check your purchases. I had wrong boxes here and there. It’s not so tingling to find out at home that you got the wrong bottles.
The menu includes typical regional dishes like Flammkuchen, meat and fish dishes, as well as Spanish tapas. The food is not according to my taste. It is nothing special and slightly overpriced.
My recommendation: The Flammkuchen from the Vinothek Oberhofer. It is at the other side of the village. Address: Staatsstr. 1, 67483 Edesheim.
Opening hours: daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Did you know that Flammkuchen means translated “flame cake”. It’s a speciality close to the German-French border. It is made of very thinly rolled bread dough, covered with crème fraîche, thin-sliced onions and bacon. And as a matter of fact things go better with bacon or bubbly. 😋
It’s easy to make Flammkuchen at home. Here is the How to make … Flammkuchen.