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: Hochheim am Rhein, Rheingau
🇩🇪 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Winzersekt
🍇 Grape varieties: 30% Chardonnay, 70% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2006
📅 Disgorgement date: June 2017
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 25,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 06 Feb 2020
The roots of the winery Künstler go back to 1648. They started with producing wines in the Czech Republic. Today the family is located in the Rheingau.
Originally 8 years on the lees were planned for the Cuvée M. My bottle matured for over 10 years. It has been disgorged 3 years ago and had time to rest.
Right now is the best time to drink the Künstler, Cuvée M, 2006, brut. If you find bottles somewhere then you can consider yourself lucky. The bubbly is sold out. It is no longer available at the winery. Künstler plans no more vintages of Cuvée M.
Nice, clear straw gold. Fine mousseux that is wonderfully integrated into the sparkling wine.
Apple and berry flavours, with a hint of toasted butter croissant.
The Cuvee M tastes full, fruity and has many layers. The buttery taste reminds me of a warm croissant that melts on the tongue. The fruit notes are apples, raspberries and blackberries. An earth note is also noticeable. The sparkling wine delights the palate with its tingles. The acidity is refreshing
POP or Flop
POP! The Künstler, Cuvée M, 2006, brut ages perfectly. We bought the first bottle in 2016. It had a different disgorgement date. Since then it has gotten better and better. The storage potential is unique.
It is a shame that Künstler focuses on its Riesling wines now. It took years to make perfectly matured sparkling wine, and now unfortunately it’s over. Do i have to understand that?
There is a Chardonnay, vintage 2010 available. The Riesling and the Rosé sparkling wine are too young for my taste. They weren’t on the lees long enough.
If you have the opportunity to visit the winery, try the different bubbly. In terms of quality, they are great. Maybe you find something according to your taste.