Neumeister Sauvignon Blanc, “Straden” 2021
The premier cru Klausen sits on an east-southeast-facing mountain ridge at 340 meters altitude, with heavily calcareous sandstone soils and a drastic 65% gradient. Christoph owns seven hectares here, and he wrests a Sauvignon Blanc of fine, clinging minerality and ultra-precise, green-tinted fruit from its poor soils. After a two-day maceration, this wine ferments spontaneously in 25-hectoliter oak barrels and spends 12 months on its fine lees before bottling. Bursting with energy and bristling with tension, it will continue to develop layers of nuance for at least a decade.