La Boutanche, Riesling, Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2021
Roughly translated, La Boutanche means ‘pure,’ ‘unadulterated,’ ‘glou glou,’ and ‘a good buzz’ wine; essentially, wine meant to be grabbed from a cooler full of ice and promptly guzzled. Andi Knauss is the winemaker behind this La Boutanche. Knauss is an organic, family-run, 18 hectare German estate. Andi chooses grapes from different plots in this region of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany and around the river Rems. Ancient limestone can be found layered beneath the surface of the rolling hills of vines imparting a distinct stoniness to his natural wines. La Boutanche Riesling is zippy, dry, fresh, and lemony with a bright acidity and notes of nectarine peel on the finish. It’s the Riesling that pleases both the Riesling fans and those who still think they don’t like Riesling - trust us, you just haven’t tasted Andi’s yet!