2009 and 2007 Top Quality Middle Mosel 1/3
2009 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, (C.Von Schubert)
2009 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett, (Reinhold Haart)
2009 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese, (Reinhold Haart)
2009 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Spätlese, (C. von Schubert)
2007 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Spätlese, (C. von Schubert)
2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (JJ Prüm)
2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (JJ Prüm)
2009 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Auslese, (Reinhold Haart)
2009 Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Auslese, (C. von Schubert)
2007 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Auslese, (C. von Schubert)
2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (JJ Prüm)
2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (JJ Prüm)
12 Wines ................. £99.00
This is the first of three 2009 / 2007 tastings I am putting on, looking, principally, at these two great years. The second is on Thursday September 28th, and the final one, of rarities, will be during the same “31 Days of Riesling” period in July 2018.
No question but that Germany has been a notable beneficiary of climate change, global warming. The first decade of this century has seen a remarkable run of fine vintages, and both 2009 and 2007 are outstanding in the Mosel. Both years had long ripening periods and have produced wines, in different styles, of quite exceptional class and refinement. The wines were hugely seductive, exciting, and impressive to taste early on, and I have no doubt they will impress similarly in early maturity. If you want a detailed look at the two vintages, Sebastian Thomas’ summaries (Howard Ripley Wines) are amongst the best on the web, here is the link .
These are three of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer’s finest producers, with Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese from each, and four direct ‘pair’ comparisons of the 2009 and 2007 vintages. JJ Prüm’s wines are Rieslings of exceptional purity and poise, delightful young, and with an ability to age with remarkable grace; Rheinhold Haart’s Piesporters are wines that combine succulence, scent and class with classic middle Mosel pliancy, and Carl von Schubert’s Ruwers are wines of delicacy, a marked vitality, great finesse and minerality.
With prices ranging from around £25 to £50, and I think we shall see that German wines of this calibre still represent remarkable value for money in today’s fine wine market.