The Loosen family has been producing wines in their wine cellar in Bernkastel-Kues, in the Moselle Valley, Germany, for over 200 years. Since 1988 Ernest Loosen, known as the Doctor, drives it with passion and dedication. From the first day of its management, he decided to devote himself to the production of dry Riesling, breaking with the tradition of Spätlese and Auslese wines, with more or less important sugar residues, based on the style of some old samples (dries in fact) produced by his grandfather, Dr. Adams. The growing vines techniques also changed, with the total abandonment of chemicals, replaced by organic fertilizer and natural remedies.
Among the six Grosses Gewächs vineyards (roughly the German equivalent of “Gran Cru”) owned by the winery, there is also the Ürziger Würzgarten (=the spice garden of Ürzig), on the ridge “Urglück”, which stands steep just behind the Ürzig village, with red volcanic rocks and shale mixed soils. The Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling GG Alte Reben (=Old Vineyards) is made from 100-year-old vines grapes, spontaneously fermented and aged, for 12 months, in barrels of different sizes (1000-3000liters), in contact with yeast and without batonnage (the action of which would kill too many of them).
This 2017 vintage, in the glass, shows a pale yellow straw color with greenish nuances, with hints that open on freshly cut grass, brioche, grapefruit and green apple, then continue with marzipan, tangerine, flint and finally ends with mineral and smoky echoes. The mouthfeel is decidedly acidic, with an excellent sapidity in the role of co-protagonist, and with a citrine and exotic fruits returns which accompany the whole sip, until the conclusion and the long persistence.
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