We look back at Noble Sweet in the 2017 vintage and share our list of not-to-be-missed vintage highlights.
Readers know this since our first report this June on the vintage: 2017 is a major vintage for noble-sweet Mosel. This is hardly surprising as yields were low (courtesy of the frost), there were multiple occasions for harvesting botrytized grapes, and the growers had the time to do this, as the weather proved overall nice during the harvest. How great is reflected in the sheer number of modern-day classics produced.
All the leading Estates produced some stunning Auslese which share intensity, precision and great raciness. At the top, Weingut Fritz Haag, Weingut Julian Haart, Weingut Egon Müller (who produced the Auslese of the vintage), Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, and Weingut Selbach-Oster produced some modern-day legends of epic dimensions. Beyond the established names, fine but maybe less well-known Estates such as Weingut Kees-Kieren, Weingut Später-Veit and Weingut Studert-Prüm also made it on the list of Auslese highlights of the vintage
2017 gave growers the opportunity throughout the harvest to pick some dried berries for the rare (and expensive) BAs and TBAs. Almost all leading Estates did raise to the occasion and produced some stunning noble-sweet wines which shine through complex, precise and delicately racy flavors. At the top, one needs to praise the amazing performance of Christian Hermann at Weingut Dr. Hermann. He landed no less than 6 (!!!) BAs and TBAs on the list of vintage highlights (including the noble-sweet wine of the vintage).
Also Weingut Fritz Haag, Weingut Markus Molitor, Weingut Max Ferd. Richter, Weingut Selbach-Oster and Weingut Nik Weis - St. Urbans-Hof each produced several vintage highlights. Weingut Egon Müller did not miss the occasion to produce another stunning perfect TBA. We were particularly pleased to see that the biodynamic Weingut Melsheimer and the up-and-coming Weingut Loersch also produced some of the finest TBA in 2017.
All in all, beyond these highlights, it is very hard to find some bad Auslese, BAs and TBAs in 2017. The vintage is simply too good for that. The hunt is on for finding some of these treasures!
We provide here the BA and TBA highlights from the 2017 vintage (for number lovers: potentially 96 pts or more at maturity).
We provide here the Auslese highlights from the 2017 vintage (for number lovers: potentially 95 pts or more at maturity).
Our detailed reports on the 2017 vintage (Issue No 41, Issue No 42, and Issue No 43) will help you to navigate through the offers of noble-sweet Riesling on the market as they provide detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates.
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