Loimer<br />2016 Langenlois Grosse Reserve Blanc de Blancs<br>Austria

2016 Langenlois Grosse Reserve Blanc de Blancs

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TYPE Dry - Sparkling
REGION Weinviertel | Austria
GRAPES Chardonnay | Pinot Blanc | Pinot Gris
94 points, James Suckling |
93+ points, Wine Advocate |
93 points, James Suckling |
About the Wine
Critic Reviews
94 points, James Suckling
“You could easily mistake this Austrian sparkler for a Blanc de Noirs Champagne, thanks to the combination of red-berry richness and chalky freshness. Fine mousse and a stunning balance of acidity, fruity and creamy sur-lie character. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold. “

93 points, James Suckling
“Very attractive nose of brioche and buttered toast with plenty of candied citrus. Creamy and well-structured with a bone-dry balance, but moderate acidity, this waltzes lightly over the palate, but is anything but superficial. Long finish with delicate chalk and caramelized-apple notes. Disgorged in April 2021. From biodynamically grown grapes with Respekt certification. Drink or hold.“

93+ points, Wine Advocate
“Fred Loimer’s 2016 Langenlois Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Grosse Reserve blends 77% Chardonnay with 19% Pinot Blanc and 4% Pinot Gris. Bottled in September 2017, it was disgorged with zero dosage in November 2020, after 50 months on the lees. The wine opens very clear, bright, intense and generous on the complex and wide-open but precise, fresh, impressively mineral and fruity-elegant nose. On the palate, this is a pure and fresh but first of all rich, refined, elegant and even round or perfectly balanced zero dosage. The Langenlois is (yet?) less dramatic and mineral on the lemon-scented finish like the 2016 Gumpoldskirchner Grosse Reserve that was disgorged seven months earlier. 12% stated alcohol. Tasted in January 2022. “

About The Winery
Renowned Austrian winemaker Fred Loimer comes from a long-established Langenlois winegrowing family - where Fred was involved in winemaking from a young age. The Loimer winery resides on 70 hectares (172 acres) in Langenlois, the capital of the Kamptal winegrowing region of Austria, located in the northeast part of the country. In 1998 Fred took over the winery from his father and was ready to follow his path, outside of the traditional, long-standing ways. Two years later, he built a new winery, a minimalist black cube on a 150-year-old, hand-dug loess cellar in Langenlois - thus adding new spice to the charming local Kellergassen, or cellar streets. Within the Kamptal region, Fred Loimer has five vineyards (Loiserberg, Käferberg, Seeberg, Steinmassl, and Heiligenstein) where he grows Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Zweigelt used for his single varietal and blended wines. In 2006 the winery began its transition to practicing biodynamics. Eventually, Fred Loimer became one of the founding members of Respekt-Biodyn, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. Today, the Loimer Winery is among one of the most respected Austrian wineries on the international stage.