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 Advocate, Stephan Reinhardt
"Loosen's 2016 Graacher Himmelreich GG Alte Reben is deep, precise and smoky on the nose, where ripe and concentrated fruit is displayed, but the wine is still dominated by the flinty terroir flavors of freshly crushed stones. Pure, vital and highly tensioned on the palate, this is a terrific vin de terroir, highly finessed and endlessly salty. Most probably the best Himmelreich I have ever tasted from Ernie Loosen. Tasted during the preview of the GG wines in Wiesbaden in August 2018." Drink 2023 - 2040
17+/20 JancisRobinson.com, Michael Schmidt
"There can be no doubt that Dr Loosen's Grosse Gewächse continue to grow in complexity, as this intriguing composition of fresh green herbs and salty minerality demonstrates. A subtle hint of smoky Earl Grey adds further interest. Rich texture and good length – excellent substance. (MS)." Drink 2018 - 2025
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