Bardong, Riesling Reserve, 1998, brut

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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.

Facts

🌐 Region: Geisenheim, Rheingau
🇩🇪 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Winzersekt
🍇 Grape varieties: Riesling
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 1998
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 13,0 %
🍭 Sugar content: < 12 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 32,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP

🔗 Sektkellerei Bardong

🥂 Drink of the day: 16 November 2020

The Bardong house is a family-run sparkling wine producer. It’s informal, authentic and furthermore lively. Renate and Norbert Bardong have time for their customers and hospitality is especially important.

The Bardongs do not have their own vineyards. They buy the base wine. Afterwards sparkling wine is produced exclusively using the “classic bottle fermentation” method.

Sparkling wine with long yeast storage and fine bubbles are a specialty of the Bardong house. The Sekt is on the lees for at least 36 months. After all good sparkling wine takes time.

Sparkling wine is only available in brut and extra brut flavors at Bardog’s.

However, the bottles do not have a disgorgement date.

I tasted the 1998 and 2001 vintage the same evening. Here is the review of Bardong, Riesling Reserve, 2001, brut.

Riesling

Riesling is a white grape. It represents, like no other grape, today’s German wine culture.

Riesling had a bad reputation in the past because it was used to produce cheap sweet wine for the masses. Presently Riesling stands for high quality, crisp, refreshing wines with pronounced acidity. An ideal base for sparkling wine.

Young Riesling sparkling wines have a rather acidic, not harmonious palate. The full maturity of the Riesling Sekt is reached after prolonged vinification.

Look

The Bardong Riesling Reserve, 1998 has a wonderful dark gold tone. The mousseux is hardly noticeable to the eye.

Smell

Yeast, citrus fruits and berries. The smell is harmonious, mature and full.

Taste

The Bardong Riesling Reserve, 1998 tastes of fine, interesting fruit aromas, e.g. citrus fruit and red berries. This mix is paired with brioche. Ageing notes such as yeast and leather are subtle and reserved.

Long-lasting taste on the palate and finally a pleasant freshness in the finish. And that as a result of being 18 years on the lees. The acidity is juicy, gentle and finely integrated.

POP or Flop

POP.

Riesling is my love-hate.

Now I know that I just don’t like young Riesling sparkling wine. Firstly young Riesling tastes fruity and fresh. Followed by a very sour taste afterwards. At least for me. There is more potential in Riesling. The Bardong Riesling Reserve 1998 is unquestionably a very good example of this.

18 years of bottle ageing is amazing. On the one hand there is maturity, on the other hand the Riesling is still super fresh.

The shelf life is according to my knowledge until know unlimited. All in all I am curious how the sparkling wine will develop over the next 10 years.

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