Situated on Germany’s Mosel River among some of the world’s most treasured vineyards, the Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced LOH-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s top-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class Rieslings. To achieve this, Ernst immediately changed the estate’s vineyard practices to dramatically reduce crop size. He stopped all chemical fertilization, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilizers and soil amendments. He extended his commitment to sustainable practices beyond the vineyards and into the winery, implementing improvements in materials recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation. At harvest, he insisted on fully mature fruit that had been very strictly selected. And he turned to gentler cellar practices that would allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of technological meddling. Following these strict practices across a growing range of premium sites, Ernst Loosen has become one of Germany's leading producers and one of the world's acknowledged masters in the Riesling grape.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Parker's Wine Advoctae, Stephan Reinhardt
"The 2015 Erdener Prälat Riesling Alte Reben GG is very clear and intense on the nose, where tropical fruit flavors intertwine with smoky red slate, herbal and lemon aromas. This Riesling is full-bodied, rich and lush, but fresh and highly finessed on the palate. This is a very complex and tightly woven, pure and salty, but nevertheless aromatic Riesling; it has concentrated yellow plum and stone fruit aromas. The finish is gorgeous for intellectual wine lovers, as well as for hedonists. The Prälat, though located straight under Loosen's old vines Treppchen plot and closer to the Mosel river, seems even purer and finer than the Treppchen GG, which is more lush and creamy, showing more tannins. This is an amazing Riesling and the finest dry Prälat I have probably ever tasted. It is ready to drink, but folks, don't be foolish! Keep it for years and drink it as many times as possible. Just one fuder produced, so less than 1,000 liters." Drink 2017 - 2040
17/20 Jancis Robinson
"Gentle aromas of melissa and citrus fruit mix it on the nose. There is no doubt about the extract on the palate, reflected by a rich texture, bordering onto oily. A hint of citrus peel brings a refreshing edge to a quite sweet Grosses Gewächs. (MS)" Drink 2016 - 2021
Wine Enthusiast (2012 vintage)
"Fresh-cut grass and green-floral notes lend vibe to heady apricot aromas on this ripe, rich, lusciously textured Riesling. Dry in style yet bold in body and alcohol, it's kept in balance by a streak of nervy acidity. Finishes with a flair of potpourri and floral perfume."
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