Mosel Riesling GG 2015 tasting
49 Mosel Grosses Gewächs from the 2016 VDP tasting in Wiesbaden,
2016 VDP tasting of the Grosses Gewächs
(GGs) was a special occasion, and I’ve written about it here
on my blog. Below are notes on 49 Riesling GGs from the Mosel,
all from the highly regarded 2015 vintage. These wines are, of
course, just babies at the moment, and their true qualities will
become apparent with a few years’ bottle age. But it was great to be
able to try them in such well controlled conditions in this
my notes on the 51 wines from Rheingau,
Pfalz and Rheinhessen
Heymann-Löwenstein Hatzenport Kirchberg Riesling GG
2015 Mosel, Germany
Very dry and tight with crisp, slightly pithy lemony fruit. Real
intensity here with zippy lemony acidity and subtle waxy overtones.
Extremely tight and acidic.
Heymann-Löwenstein Hatzenport Stolzenberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
There's an openness to the waxy citrus fruit here, as well as a bit
of toffeed sweetness. Pure and linear with lovely focus and
freshness to the citrus fruits. Has some generosity.
Heymann-Löwenstein Winningen Röttgen Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Supple and open with a lovely cabbagey edge to the textured lemon
and pear fruit. Has nice taut acidity but it's quite generous
already with lovely depth of flavour.
Heymann-Löwenstein Winningen Uhlen "Blaufüßer Lay" Riesling GG 2015
Waxy and detailed with some herbiness to the slightly nutty citrus
fruit. Has some ripe apple character here and an appealing waxiness
on the finish.
Heymann-Löwenstein Winningen Uhlen "Laubach" Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Fresh pear and white peach fruit here with nice purity and a
textural, broad citrussy palate with plenty of detail. Nice finish.
Clemens Busch Pünderich Marienburg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Complex, tight, lemony and very fresh with a pronounced citrus
focus, but also lovely stony minerality. Lovely purity here with
real detail and very high acidity. Lovely wine.
Clemens Busch Pünderich Marienburg "Rothenpfad" Riesling GG 2015
Extremely stony and mineral with lively, zippy acidity and a lovely
savoury, stony, green apple and lemon personality. So precise and
Clemens Busch Pünderich Marienburg "Fahrlay" Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
This is fresh with good acidity. There's a lovely lemony core with
tight acid and structure and some white flower and nectarine
prettiness adding interest. Lovely concentration and purity. There's
a transparency here to this wine.
Clemens Busch Pünderich Marienburg "Falkenlay" Riesling GG 2015
Such a delicate, tight, precise wine. Stones, rocks, lemons and
minerals. So harmonious. 94/100
Loosen Erden Treppchen Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Harmonious and broad with white peach and pears to the fore, as well
as ripe apple notes. Very textured and generous with great
concentration, nice complexity and some stoniness on the finish.
Lovely breadth of flavour here. Harmony.
Loosen Erden Prälat Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Waxy, mineral nose with a hint of cabbage under the succulent pear
and melon fruit. Complex and broad, but still youthful and quite
profound, showing a bit of tension under the ripe fruit. Quite
Loosen Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Really linear, stony and acidic with crisp lemony fruit and some
tight herby notes. Zippy and detailed with nice weight and focus. It
has high acidity but it integrates well. Lovely balance here.
Schloss Lieser Wehlen Sonnenuhr Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Smoky, herby, slightly reductive citrus fruits with intense stony
notes. Lively lemony finish.
Loosen Wehlen Sonnenuhr Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Distinctive, mineral and focused with some generous pear and apple
notes alongside herb-tinged, slightly cabbagey lemony fruit.
Prüm Wehlen Sonnenuhr "Alte Reben" Reserve Riesling GG 2014 Mosel,
Highly aromatic, pretty peach, apricot and melon fruit with some
honey characters. Extremely fruity and intense in a pretty, fruity,
exotic style with nice lemony acidity and a hint of sweetness.
Prüm Wehlen Sonnenuhr "Alte Reben" Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Lovely tropical nose with some candied citrus fruit and pretty
pear-drop characters on the palate. Very fruity and attractive.
Geheimrat J Wegeler Wehlen Sonnenuhr Riesling GG Mosel, Germany
Stony, lively and fruity with pear drops and lemons. Nicely generous
with some vitality. Lots of fruit here.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Graach Josephshöfer Riesling GG Mosel,
Tight, waxy and a bit nutty with compact, linear citrussy fruit.
Attractive in a restrianed style.
Schloss Lieser Graach Himmelreich Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Reductive, mineral nose leads to a tight, taut palate with stony,
herb-tinged citrus fruit. Very bright and angular, this needs to
settle down a bit.
Loosen Graach Himmelreich Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Herby and waxy with a lively, stony palate and some lurking white
peach fruit, built aroud a citrus core. A little awkward and spicy
right now. Distinctive.
Loosen Graach Domprobst Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Generous, fruity and mid-weight with pear and white peach, as well
as a bit of citrussy acidity. Rounded texture on the mid-palate with
a stony finish.
Prüm Graach Domprobst "Prevot" Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Very attractive, mineral and fruit in harmony with a slight cabbage
edge to the pretty pear, melon and nectarine fruit. Distinctive and
appealing with lovely harmony between the broad fruit and stony
Geheimrat J. Wegeler Bernkastel Doctor Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Lively with a pronounced herby, savoury edge to the concentrated
spicy citrus and pear fruit. Lovely concentration and depth here
with great focus to the fruit. Hint of sweetness.
Haaag Brauneberg Juffer Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Lively and focused. Very bright lemony fruit with real compactness
and focus but also some richer, more tropical notes adding appeal.
Very stony, bright and mineral.
Haag Brauneberg Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Smoky lemony nose is really appealing. The palate is vivid and fresh
with amazing precision. So tight and primary, but so much potential,
with lovely fruit and a fabulous, tegrated acid
Reihnold Haart Piesport Goldtröpfchen Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Very fresh and stony with zippy, clean lemony fruit. Lively
acidity here. Quite acidic and lemony and very primary with a
brightness to the palate.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Piesport Goldtröpfchen Riesling GG 2015
Waxy, cabbagey and stony with linear apple and pear fruit as well as
some nuttiness. Has a distinctive savouriness, and a rounded
Reinhold Haart Piesport Grafenberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Stony and focused with nice lemony fruit. Linear, zippy, with some
herbal characters alongside the sweet lemon and grapefruit.
Restrained and primary.
Reinhold Haart Wintrich Ohligsberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Clean, pure and lemony with lovely keen acidity. Verging on the
austere, but give it time to fill out. Lovely mineral detail here,
and admirable purity.
Schloss Lieser Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Smoky, reductive, mineral nose. The palate has some reduction to the
tight lemony fruit. Lots of potential here but for now it is quite
Grans-Fassian Dhron Hofberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Generous pear and melon notes as well as some cabbage and herb
characters on the nose. The palate is generous, concentrated, yet
fresh with lovely melon and citrus fruit. Really appealing.
Fassian Trittenheim Apotheke Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Honeyed and ripe with melon and pear fruit. Rich, broad, ripe and
very fruity with real generosity to the fruit. Some apricot, too.
Fassian Leiwen Laurentiuslauy Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Generous and quite broad with a melony edge to the pear fruit. Has
richness and generosity with attractive depth of fruit. Nice spicy
Volxem Wawern Goldberg Riesling 2015 GG Mosel, Germany
Generous, complex nose of candied citrus peel and spice. The palate
is racy and linear with great concentration of taut citrus fruit.
Very fine, detailed and linear with amazing precision. High acid.
Othegraven Kanzem Altenberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Subtle herb and cabbage nose to the focused lemon and pear fruit on
the palate. Some ripe apple, too. Lovely weight and focus here with
nice complexity. Keen acidity.
Volxem Wiltingen Volz Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Fresh and vital with pithy lemony fruit and zippy acidity.
Tongue-tingling and concentrated, this has great potential.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Wiltingen Scharzfhofberger Riesling
GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Honied candyfloss nose leads to a herb-tinged, lemony, nutty palate
with apples and lemons.
Volxem Wiltingen Scharzhofberger Riesling GG 2014 Mosel, Germany
Powerful, dense and slightly herbal with robust, savoury citrus and
pear fruit. Very dense and pithy with lots of personality. Lots of
everything. Savoury and dry.
Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Saarburg Rausch Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Honied appley nose. Open apple and lemon fruit on the palate. Fruity
style with some appeal.
Lauer Ayl Kupp Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Lively, tight and lemony with keen acidity. Very fresh and detailed.
Some herbal undertones and notes of wax.
Lauer Ayl Schonfels Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Juicy, waxy and lemony with nice focus to the fruit. Zippy and with
some pithiness, and really taut acidity. Lemony finish.
Othegraven Ockfen Bockstein Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
There's a nice melony, slightly herby pear and citrus fruit
charactrer here. Juicy and taut with lovely focus.
Urbans-Hof Ockfen Bockstein Riesling GG Mosel, Germany
Plenty of personality here: ripe pear and apple fruit with a lovely
lemony core. Stony and long with a lovely minerality. Subtle
Lauer Schoden Saarfeilser Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Textural, fresh but with some breadth to the apple, pear and citrus
fruit. A touch of tangerine. Fresh with a nice long lemony finish.
Urbans-Hof Schoden Saarfeilser Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Lovely precision here to the candied citrus fruits with some lemony
acidity on the palate. Has nice weight and focus with lovely purity
to the fruit. Pretty wine.
Karthäuserhof Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Smoky, mineral nose with lovely lemony precision on the palate. Very
fresh and detailed with high acidity. Pristine fruit.
Maximin Grünhaus Mertesdorf Abtsberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel, Germany
Linear and detailed with herb-tinged lemony fruit and notes of wax
and lanolin. Juicy and precise with lovely focus. Complex,
herb-tinged and needing a long time in bottle to resolve.
Maximin Grünhaus Mertesdorf Herrenberg Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Detailed, pure, vital and lemony with great balance between the
generous citrus fruit and the high acidity. Lovely tension here, and
subtle waxiness under the fruit.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Kasel Nies'chen Riesling GG 2015 Mosel,
Herb and cabbage notes alongside the lemons and pears. Nice detail
with some richness and a bit of baked apple sweetness.
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