This bottle, this offering, could be seen as a symbol of celebrations to come.
We introduced this wine in the winter/spring of 2021. Our offer was so successful, and the opportunity so unique, that we just told Peter Leipold to bottle as many jeroboams as he could. Nearly all of them sold right away...
...however we kept a stash and decided we'd do something fun with them when they finally arrived.
So today, we revisit offer 009 - a final chance for your own Bocksbeutel jeroboam, this glorious collaboration between Peter Leipold and the artist @ravingcave.
Only a few are left; they will be sold first come, first served.
And as we head into the holiday season, we hope that we are able to continue to gather safely, unmasked, with large numbers of family and friends and break bread and toast to our collective humanity, as we have done for millennia.
A jeroboam, or 3.0 liters of wine, is the equivalent of four bottles in one. This might be a good bottle to have on hand for this special occasion, the "grand reopening" of the world, or just for the upcoming holidays.
But the truth of this offer is rooted in something both more profound and more absurd.
The "profound" part comes from the young grower Peter Leipold whose wines were one of the greatest revelations of 2020. We have to give credit to Klaus Peter Keller for the introduction. Keller has written, "What Peter does with Pinot and Silvaner in Franconia reminds me of what Julian Haart is doing with Riesling in the Mosel... Peter's wines touch my heart."
Leipold's wines, his Silvaners especially, are very hard to describe. They are both searing and incisive, truly saturating. They are ultra-fine, with silken strands of fruit woven with mineral and flowers. They have an almost explosive energy and feel somehow weightless: saturation and evaporation.
The absurd part of this offer comes from our rather childish obsession with large-format bottles and, in the case of the curious landscape of Franconia, their traditional bottle shape called the "Bocksbeutel."
The first and only time I have ever seen a Bocksbeutel Jeroboam was at a rather posh restaurant in Los Angeles; it was being used as a "by-the-glass" pour for its wow factor. Naturally, I had to hold it, to cradle it in my arms as our young hero, Peter Leipold, is doing above.
The thing had the girth of a newborn baby.
We had been talking with Peter through the fall and winter, eagerly awaiting the bottling of his 2020ers. At some point along the way @soilpimp just said to me, casually as if it was the most ordinary of observations: "I'll definitely want a bunch of Leipold Bocksbeutel Jeroboams."
And so it was that we approached Peter and asked if he'd bottle some for us.
When he said yes it felt like a grand enough project to try and weave some more layers into this, so we called our friend the profusive artist @ravingcave and asked him to work through some ideas for a label. He went into his cellar-studio and produced a body of work of more than 30 paintings on paper and two paintings on wood - the entire collection may be viewed and purchased here.
And what about the painting we eventually chose for the label? It is an abstract landscape, organic twists of yellow and green and gold and blue - not unlike the landscape the wine comes from, see the photo above of the Gässberg and Alte Reben vineyards.
Logistics, maybe you've heard, have been horrible this past year - so the jeroboams have been wildly delayed. But they are here now, and we are thankful.
For your last chance to order, reply to this email or simply click here.
2020 Leipold Silvaner "Alte Reben" Bocksbeutel Jeroboam (3.0L): $175.00 The Jeroboams are being bottled exclusively for us and are in stock.
Leipold's Silvaner style is both searing and incisive, truly saturating. The Silvaners I have had from him, even the broader-shouldered Schilfsandstein, are ultra-fine, with silken strands of fruit woven with mineral and flowers. They have an almost explosive energy and feel somehow weightless: saturation and evaporation. The wine that will go into the Bocksbeutel Jeroboam is the 2020 "Alte Reben," sourced from 32-year-old vines in the Obervolkacher Landsknecht, a site with limestone soils. The grapes underwent some maceration and then a very slow pressing; fermentation in 1250L Stückfass made of Franconian Spessart oak. The wine is still in this barrel and will be bottled in early April. The wine style, says Peter, is more precise and herbal, like the Gässberg.