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: Leinsweiler, Pfalz
🇩🇪🇫🇷 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Winzersekt
🍇 Grape varieties: Muskateller
🌶️ Taste: trocken (dry)
📅 Vintage: 2018
📅 Disgorgement date: 04/2020
🥂 Alcohol: 11,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 13,50 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 18 April 2020
We are in the Pfalz. That is one of the bigger wine regions in Germany. In the south of Pfalz the German wine route (Deutsche Weinstrasse) starts. If you follow it in northern direction, you find the 500-soul village Leinsweiler. It’s surrounded by vines,. In the middle of the village is the Stübinger winery. The Stübingers are a family business. They have been dedicated to viticulture for 3 generations.
They sell wine, fine schnaps and on top of that traditional made sparkling wine. In Germany that is called Winzersekt (Vintner’s Sekt).
Peter Stübinger Muskatellersekt vintage 2017 was a POP. It has been minimum 12 months on the lees. Vintage and disgorgement date you can only find out on demand.
Why? I think that is a pity. For one thing it is worth to be on the label. uninformed customers? It might take more time to make customers burn for matured sparkling wine like Peter Stübinger Pinot Blanc, extra brut. That was 6 years on the lees. But the Muskateller is a 1 year young product. There could not be a problem with age.
The perlage is a little bit on the wild side. The sparkling wine has a very, very pale yellow color. Looks very thin.
Addendum June 11, 2020: the perlage has calmed down. The sparkling wine was too freshly disgorged or still transport shaken when I tasted it for the first time.
The typical very aromatic smell of muscat grapes is missing. Together with the taste the Sekt is being rather a watered down version of the former vintage.
Flat, with a light muscat grape taste. Fresh and lightly sour. Not to mention the boring finish.
POP or Flop
Peter Stübinger Muskatellersekt 2018 is a POP with reservations. I know the vintage 2017 and what is possible. 2017 was significantly better and amazing. Sparkling, and furthermore an expressive fruity muscat grape taste.
The 2018 Winzersekt instead tastes too thin for me. Don’t get me wrong it’s nice. It is OK to start a warm summer evening with a glass. But what do I do with the rest of the bottle? Invite friends 😃.
Trust was good, but control is better
I am a little upset about the missing vintage? Quo vadis sparkling wine part III or what? All things considered I do not want to say it is customer deception without printing a vintage on the label. It’s not a rule for Winzersekt. Regardless there is a risk of confusion. I wanted to restock vintage 2018. What did I get? A new vintage.
Lesson learned. Ask before you buy.
Flamm und Wein
“Flame and wine” is the magic word if you plan to visit the vineyard. From mid-July to the end of October the kitchen is opened on Mondays. All sparkling wines and wines can be tasted. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a Flammkuchen. Or a typical regional dish, like Pfälzer Bratwurst. Or how about cheese with music?
Did you know that Flammkuchen means translated “flame cake”. It’s a specialty 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.