Sekt, Brundlmayer
  Weingut Brundlmayer
  Item Code: ABY-199
  Region: Kamptal
  Country: Austria
  Wine Type: SPARKLING
  Vintage: 2005
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  Wine Information:
I splurged my final night in Austria and stayed in one of Vienna’s grandest hotels. I felt like a Sultan. At breakfast there was this deranged buffet from which I gnarfed an unseemly amount of food. What to wash it down with? Ah! There were two fizzies, one was a Champagne you’ve heard of and which I probably shouldn’t name (though it rhymes with “hurts” if you say it right) and Bründlmayer Sekt at its side. And there, boys ‘n girls, I did prove in front of several witnesses that Willi’s fizz is INDEED better than middling commercial Champagne. Last year I asked Willi how he felt about Michi Moosbrugger’s splendid bubbly at Gobelsburg; he said he loved it, of course, but was himself seeking another kind of wine. “I am actually looking for a certain neutrality,” he said. “Not lack of character, but a kind of discretion that will make the wine work well at the table. It should be elegant but not draw attention away from the food.”

Maybe it’s the ‘05 vintage, and maybe it’s the little bit of Grüner Veltliner Willi’s put in the assemblage for the first time, but this is the best bottling of Willi-fizz I’ve tasted, and seriously comparable to good Champagne, with the most expressive fruit yet encountered.



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