Bastian Wolber / Laisse Tomber

Location: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Mondeuse, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Muscat
Viticulture: Owned vineyards are farmed without pesticides or herbicides, using biodynamic methods; purchased grapes are always farmed without pesticides or herbicides and are sometimes farmed biodynamically.
Vinification: Whites – whole clusters crushed by foot, vertical press, overnight decanting, fermentation and aging in barrel (no new wood), minimal sulfur addition only if needed.
Reds – 100% whole-cluster, carbonic maceration in wood tanks, no punch-downs or pump-overs, no fining or filtration, minimal sulfur addition only if needed.

Bastian Wolber was born in Staufen im Breisgau, Germany and attended Waldorf schools throughout his childhood until the age of 18 (these schools follow the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, known as the father of biodynamics). He went on to earn degrees in Economics and German Tax Law, during which time his brother Christoph moved to Burgundy to work in wine with some of the greats – Anne-Claude Leflaive among them. Visiting his brother at various points along the way, Bastian’s interest was sparked, and then fully ignited when the brothers shared a bottle of wine from Ganevat. Relating this story to the Wasserman folks, he said, “It was alive! It had soul – it made me want to learn more.”
Back in Berlin he prowled through natural wine bars and shops seeking that same kind of energy. Eventually, his intrigue led him to follow the path his brother had taken before him. He worked several vintages in Burgundy, starting with Leflaive in 2013, dreaming right from the start of making his own wine. “The urge grew stronger and stronger as I gained more winemaking experience,” he said. He also worked harvests with Rudolph Trossen in the Mosel and Jean-Marc Dreyer in Alsace, after which his path brought him back to the wine that had blown his mind open – in 2019, Bastian began an apprenticeship at Ganevat! Unfortunately, this through-line was abruptly severed by a skateboarding accident which left him with a broken hand and therefore unable to participate in the harvest. He was dismayed – feeling that he’d blown an amazing opportunity – but he picked himself up, purchased a few barrels worth of grapes and returned to Germany to vinify them at Wasenhaus, the winery his brother had founded in Baden.
As of 2019, Basti has established himself permanently in Burgundy. He earned a degree in oenology from the University of Dijon and works full time at Domaine Jean-Yves Bizot. He is part of an exciting group of young winemakers in the region (many of whom, like him, are not Burgundian by birth) who are helping to revitalize the whole region by adding value to the historically neglected “lesser” appellations. He owns or rents nearly four hectares of Gamay & Pinot Noir vineyards – mostly in Burgundy, but also one vineyard of Spätburgunder in Baden. All are farmed without pesticides or herbicides; some are biodynamically farmed. Much like their maker, the wines at first come across as light and playful, but the terroir of each site comes through to reveal their serious side.  The wines from the vineyards he owns are labeled as “Bastian Wolber”; those made from the fruits of the leased vines are labeled “Laisse Tomber”, which means “let it fall”, an allusion to his accident (which, while being terribly disappointing at the time, in the end got him closer to his dream.)