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Prearrival Pricing on 2020 Wines from Five Top German Estates
Haag, Maximin Grunhaus. Weil, Wittmann, Zilliken
November 5, 2021
Overall, growers described 2020 as the most elegant of the last three German vintages, with its regular patterns of ripening and maturation. These wines will arrive in about two weeks. Prearrival pricing is net per bottle. Quantities limited. First come first served.
In 2005, Oliver Haag took over the estate and has followed his legendary father in leading keeping it one of the finest of the Mosel. Its excellent micro-climate and the deep slate soils on the Brauneberg hillside yield some of the most intensely flavored and elegantly-structured Rieslings of the region. Oliver Haag rigorously selects the clones most suited to the microclimate of his vineyards to achieve the maximum potential in the grapes. His wines, which display a pleasing subtle color, show a well-defined palate that reaches from honeysuckle to pears and apples. They are laced with citrus and underlying mineral tones, reflecting the Brauneberg slate.
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Trocken "J" 24
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 23
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 35
The historic Maximin Grünhaus estate lies at the foot of a long, steep south-facing slope on the left bank of the tiny Ruwer river. Carl von Schubert is the fifth generation of his family to own it.
Abstberg vineyard is the source of the estate’s finest wines. They were originally destined for the table of the Abbot of the Abbey of St. Maximin. Parts have been planted with vines for over a thousand years. The subsoil is blue Devonian slate and the hillside runs south-east to south-west, with up to a 70 percent slope. Abtsberg wines are characterized by a finely structured subtle minerality, a racy acidity, generous fruit and great delicacy. They are amongst the longest-lived Rieslings of the region.
Von Schubert's unoaked dry Pinot Blanc is less known, but very fine and well-priced for its quality.
Maximin Grünhaus "MAXiMiN" Riesling 14
Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 33
Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese 40
Maximin Grünhaus Pinot Blanc 21
Founded in 1875, Weingut Robert Weil is located in the heart of Kiedrich in the Reheingau Wilhelm Weil, the great-grandson of the estate’s founder, carries on the tradition of uncompromising, quality-oriented vineyard and cellar practices – a tradition that has been the hallmark of the winery for four generations.
The vineyards are cultivated in an environmentally friendly manner: organic fertilizer is used as needed; green cover is planted in alternating rows to optimize the humus content of the soil; herbicides are never used, and other protective measures are used only sparingly and with respect for habitat.
Grapes are harvested by hand, with an extremely critical selection that involves many rounds through the vineyards in order to reap the finest fruit possible.
Robert Weil Estate Riesling Spätlese 35
The Wittmann family has been growing grapes and producing wine in the small Rheinhessen village of Westhofen since 1663. just west of the Rhine river valley. They have been pioneers in developing the full-bodied, well-balanced style of dry wines for which the region has become known were early adopters of organic and biodynamic viticulture.
The estate pursues aims for balanced wines of tension, depth and intensity, but at the same time freshness and elegance. Philipp Wittmann looks for natural balance in the vineyards, to harvest grapes with fully developed flavors, but are not overripe. His respect for nature and commitment to quality earned Philipp Germany’s Winemaker of the Year 2014.
Wittmann Estate Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc) 19
Wittmann Estate Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) 25
Weingut Zilliken is one of the leading wine estates of the Saar , renowned for the steely precision of their Rieslings grown in the very cool climate and slate soils of the area, the Zilliken estate built its reputation with intense, yet delicate and nearly weightless Rieslings that “float like a butterfly.”
The family traces its winegrowing tradition back to 1742. The Geltz Zilliken cellar is the deepest in the Saar Valley, extending three stories beneath the earth. The natural conditions of 100% humidity and a constant, cool temperature lend themselves to slow fermentation in neutral oak barrels. The natural gravity of the deep cellar is harnessed to fill the traditional 1,000-liter, neutral oak Fuder casks, where the wines are vinified.
Zilliken Riesling 16
Zilliken Rausch Riesling Kabinett 30
Zilliken Rausch Riesling Spätlese 45
Zilliken Rausch Riesling Auslese 72
Wines arrive in about two weeks
Prearrival prices good until then only
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