Bastgen (Kesten) ORGANIC

A German love story. Armin Vogel met Mona Bastgen at Geisenheim, the world famous wine making academy, and once married, they began to pursue their dream of making wine themselves. Taking over from Mona’s butcher and vintner father in 1992, the couple live and work in a hi-tech wood and glass house atop a hill with stunning views towards Bernkastel. Armin spoke to us of wanting to make “slender” wine, capturing the balance of fruit and minerality which typifies the best of the Mosel. He’s bored of the succession of hot ripe vintages preferring the racy balance of the  rainy grey ones!

The wines have great tension, with a certain “nervy” balance to them, notes of white flowers, pears, and a friendly crowd-pleasing quality which caresses those new to German wine, rather than slapping them about the face.