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)"
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Stephan Reinhardt (2014 vintage)
"Pale in its white-yellow color, the 2014 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling trocken GG offers a fresh bouquet with tropical fruit flavors and very fine slate aromas. Clear, fresh and piquant on the pure and salty palate, this is a dense, round and juicy dry Riesling with a powerful, complex, persistently mineral finish and a lovely, great grip."
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