This 60-page strong Issue includes a look-back at the 2018 highlights, a sneak preview at 2019, a review of natural wine and Mosel in the 19th century as well as two exciting vertical tastings. Here an overview!
The 2018 vintage was ripe, soft and rich ... yet it yielded some truly remarkable wines, in all stylistic directions.
After having tasted 1,500 wines, many several times, we look back at the extraordinary 2018 vintage with the full benefit of hindsight and put forward our list of not-to-be-missed “Vintage Highlights” for each stylistic direction, i.e. dry Riesling, off-dry Riesling, Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese and noble-sweet wines.
What does 2019 have in store? Although it is still early days, 2019 may well turn out to become a major vintage, at least at the finest growers. Here a sneak preview of more to come.
The "natural wine" movement, and more widely making do of interventions in the cellar, has attracted much interest lately. We review its development in the Mosel and provide a profile for the current growers of "low-no sulfur" wines in general as well as over 80 recommended wines!
How was Mosel wine in the 19th century? How did it taste? How was it made? We combed through dozens of original sources to find the answers ... which shatter some preconceived ideas.
Georg Breuer’s Schlossberg is one of the finest dry Riesling in the world. We share here the results of a vertical from 2014 right back to 1984 of this mythical wine.
Keller’s von der Fels has always lived in the shadow of the Estate’s iconic bottlings of dry Riesling Grand Cru. This needn’t be, as this vertical from 2018 to 2004 has shown.
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