Sekt (sparkling wine) was first produced at the estate in the 80ies. Its sparkling wines are
subject to the same exacting standards the Ress family adheres to in their production of
still wines. Whether still or sparkling, the goal is to bring out a thoroughly typical varietal
and vintage character in the wine. Therefore, each Balthasar Ress Sekt is made from vintage-dated,
single varietal wines.
Riesling is the traditional and most important grape variety in the Rheingau. As such, this is
the varietal the Ress family uses for much of its Sekt production. A Riesling Sekt is especially
refreshing - usually more so than a Champagne - thanks not only to its effervescence, but also
because of the Riesling's fresh and fruity acidity. For this reason, Riesling Sekt is a sparkling
delight, particularly in summer. Typical Riesling aromas (peach, grapefruit) are reflected
in the Sekt.
Champagne lovers will recognize familiar aromas in the Pinot Sekts of the Ress family (Blanc
de Blanc and Blanc de Noir), cuvées of 100% Pinot Blanc or Pinot Noir grapes that were processed
like white wine grapes.....not unlike many Champagnes. Because the red Pinot Noir wine
grapes are pressed immediately after harvesting and not left in contact with the skins, the red
pigments in the grapes' skins are not released and the juice remains white - hence the name
"Blanc de Noir" (white wine from red grapes).