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
17/20 Jancis Robinson
"Aromas of pears and cloves bring a spicy note to the fragrance, a hint of lanolin reflects the ripeness of the vintage. On the palate, fruit and spice are embedded in an extremely generous texture, acidity has been banished to the back benches. Full-bodied and opulent style of Grosses Gewächs. (MS)"
94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Stephan Reinhardt
From three parcels that have been in the family since 1911, and have never been replanted since then (so the vines are most likely 130 years old), the 2015 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Alte Reben GG is deep, intense and perfectly ripe on the super precise, fruit-intense nose; lemon aromas are intertwined with sweet herbal and cool, flinty, blue-slate flavors. Full-bodied, lush and intense on the palate, this great Himmelreich develops an enormous length and finessed tension. The fruit is perfectly ripe, so this is a great Grand Cru from the Mosel and readers don't need to wait to appreciate it, because it's already shining—but it can also age for up to 30 years.
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