Where: Illmitz, Burgenland, Austria.
Green grapes: Weissburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Scheurebe
Blue grapes: Zweifelt, Cabernet Franc, Braunfränkisch, Syrah
When asked to describe Christian's wines and why I work with him, I can't help but quote the vigneron himself, "All left to the game of natural forces. No strict order, no fixed rules, no dogmas. The French call the laissez-faire [...] And what does all this have to do with viticulture? Is there a laissez-faire there? Just run it? Is this simply a new fashion or expression of an oenological reorientation? Education – this term does not only exist in dealing with children. Vines also want to be educated, also in viticulture one speaks of education. But how far can man intervene? Is a good wine the result of rigorously observed basic rules? Or have not too many dogmas and complicated techniques often led to rather profound results? In any case, this tension field can create a completely new basic principle: grapes are extracted from grapes with a maximum of character and finesse, but the wines are then to unfold completely freely in the barrels. The wine grows to its own limits, spontaneously. No cellar orgies: the wines are left alone. Thus they attain their inner balance." This is the philosophy that makes his wines speak to me.