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
"The 2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr GG Alte Reben displays the typical generous, tropical fruit flavors but in a very elegant, nicely concentrated and spicy way and with a yeasty layer from the élevage. On the palate, this is a fresh, pure, elegant and very complex version of the famous site, and the finish is not just vital and tensioned but also enormously salty and impressively persistent. A great wine already at this early stage, but I wouldn't waste its talents. It can age for up to two decades, if not even more. Tasted during the preview of the GG wines in Wiesbaden in August 2018." Drink 2023 - 2040
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson
"An intriguing fragrance draws more on herbal inspiration than fruity aromas. On the palate Ernie Loosen's Sonnenuhr shows plenty of substance, a pronounced saltiness combines mineral content with mouth-watering freshness. There's still a little stone fruit, but altogether the wine seems drier than in previous vintages. (MS))." Drink 2018 - 2025
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