From younger parcels in premier and grand crus including Brauneberger Juffer, Himmelreich and Treppchen, all grapes are of Qmp status. Quite simply a perfect essence of young, ready to enjoy Mosel style at a deeply tempting price.
Parker 91 "delicate and complex bouquet with floral and herbal aromas and stony notes. On the palate, this is an elegant, seriously dry but round and persistent Juffer with salt, grip and refreshing, finely racy acidity... a beautifully pure but complex Kabinett"
Parker 94+ "75-year-old vines... super intense and herbal on the refined and flinty nose, with notes of curry plant intertwined with aromas of perfectly ripe mirabelle and crunchy slate. On the palate, this is an intense, dense, powerful, fleshy, lush, well-structured and persistently salty Riesling with firm but fine tannins and crystalline acidity. This is a great and generous Riesling from grafted vines trained on single poles... will age for at least three decades"
Parker 93 "From very old, ungrafted vines... very fine, clear and intense bouquet with delicate stony and slate-like flavours... super focused and elegant Kabinett with very elegant apricot aromas. Intense, fine, elegant and lush on the palate, this is remarkably good Sonnenuhr in perfect harmony. The finish is so lovely, salty and stimulatingly round and full of finesse. A great Riesling! Highly recommended."
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Parker "opens with deep and intense fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, round and mouthfillingly juicy, this is a generous, well-structured and mineral Kabinett with dark, ripe stone fruit, good tannins and an aromatic finish... very juicy and almost lush on the palate."
Parker 93+ "Picked at 110° Oechsle and with 30% to 35% botrytis... offers dusty raisin and grapefruit aromas on the nose. Lush and concentrated on the palate, it is an elegant, mouth-filling and piquant Auslese with a creamy texture and long, salty-piquant, slatey finish."
"picked on December 5th in incredibly healthy conditions, with just a bit of over-ripeness and botrytis (which is extremely rare, says Constantin Richter). The wine opens with clear, piquant, fresh and concentrated fruit on the nose. Clear and very delicate on the palate, this is a lush, highly finessed and well-balanced Eiswein with very fine and crystalline acidity, mineral grip and tension... remarkably clear and lush but still finessed, precise, lean and elegant—in short, a beautiful Eiswein."
Dry-ish Auslese is a real specialism for this superb, mother-and-daughter estate, especially in the rare cases when they release some mature stock - what a treat! So hard to describe as it doesn't conform to classic Mosel idiom. Firstly it's the most amazing pale green, more silver than gold. The nose teases with all manner of unexpected notes, from sage to fennel, lilies and blossom (in a 30-year old wine, how, how?) and a palate of equally unexpected complexity, where perhaps more of the Mosel notes are apparent: ripe lime, slate, mint. The texture is feather-light, the length astonishing. Rather madly, it's just as good after a week open. Like a wine from another world.
Apple cider and overripe peach, decadent peony and heliotrope effusively inform the nose and expansive, buoyant, subtly creamy palate of Tyrell’s 2011 Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Auslese, a glaze of caramel and honey underscoring the influence of botrytis – less happily, responsible for a dearth of primary juiciness – and leading to a sustained and soothing as well as decidedly sweet finish.
Starts with ripe and tropical fruit flavours on the nose displaying ripe peach, bananas and lychees. Bottled with 8% alcohol and 69 grams of residual sugar, this is a very sweet, intense, elegant and slightly mineral-scented wine with a nice, almost soft acidity (8.1 grams) and a lingering salty finish.
17.5 JancisRobinson.com "Although a light herbaceous fragrance still reflects the contribution of natural yeast, an almost exotic expression of fruit and a distinctive mineral aroma take control of the nose. Add a perfectly pitched acidity, tastefully restrained sweetness and an intriguing spicy notion, and you have a Spätlese that fascinates through its complexity. A gentle salty tang on the finish makes the mouth water. "
very fine and elegant on the bright yet deep, flinty and floral-flavored nose. Round, ripe and lush, but with the typical Saar piquancy and precision, this is a complex, mineral and grippy Scharzhofberger with great elegance, length and finesse. Very long and extremely stimulating, this an expressive terroir wine
From the Josephsof vineyard, one of best and most historic vineyards in the cool-climate of the Saar valley, this Spätlese Riesling is known for its subtlety and delicacy. Grapes ripen slowly given the microclimate and are usually picked as late as November. This gives the wine elegance and finesse, and often a touch of Noble Rot adds another dimension. Deep ripe sweet citrus fruit flavours against lovely light sweetness, exquisite acidity and great length.
Remarkable deft, silky Pinot from this premier cru vineyard high up above the beautiful Mosel. Much-acclaimed 500 year-old family estate. Super food wine for game, rare meat etc. Elegant fruit and focus, with layers of food friendly savouriness and texture. Let it breathe a few hours. Stunning dinner wine and great, great value.
Weissburgunder is the German name for the Pinot Blanc grape variety and is enjoying a rennaissance. Not much planted in the Mosel valley so this one from Richter is a rarity. Fine notes of pear, gooseberry, some hay and classic slate minerals. Slim and elegant!
92-94 Wine Advocate "dense, cool, very precise and flinty-mineral on the nose, which is still reductive but exciting. Coming from a coolish side valley that was picked at roughly 84° to 85° Oechsle at the end of September, this is a gorgeously lush and mouth-filling Riesling with the mineral piquancy of quartzite soils. There is no aggressive acidity here, there is nice tartaric acidity that makes this a seductive Kabinett you can't resist. This is a fabulous, very long and enchanting Riesling. The wine has slightly more than 50 grams of residual sugar and comes in at 8.5% alcohol."