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90 percent Riesling

The Ruwer trumps

29 May 2010
Werner Elflein

90-prozent-riesling.jpgPhoto: Deutsches Weininstitut
Riesling covers 90 percent of the vineyards in the Ruwer valley

The vineyards in the Ruwer valley belong to the Moselle wine-growing region, which was still called Mosel-Saar-Ruwer until the law was changed in 2006. Riesling dominates the steep slopes. A proud 90 percent of the area is planted with the noble white wine grape. Nowhere else the proportion of Riesling in the grape variety list is higher.

Although the filigree and subtle Rieslings from the Ruwer are very similar to those from the Moselle and Saar, they have their own distinctive character. As a result of a longer growing season and lower average temperatures compared to the Moselle Valley, the Ruwer Rieslings are much more acidic and have a pronounced green herbaceous aroma, especially in cooler years. In warmer years, however, the differences sometimes blur.

In the steep vineyards, dark clay slate from the Devonian period is predominant. Precipitation is quickly absorbed, but also stored only to a limited extent.

Top vineyards line up along the river in a very small area. The best known are probably the Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg, the Maximin Grünhaus' single vineyards and the Kasel Nies'chen.

The 177 hectares of vineyards are shared by just over 20 wineries. Among the best producers on the Ruwer, the C. von Schubert'sche Gutsverwaltung, also known as Maximin Grünhaus, achieved worldwide fame at the latest at the Great Ring Auction in 1923, when New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel bought a fuder (1000 litres) of 1921 Herrenberg Trockenbeerenauslese at the record price of 100000 Goldmark. Other renowned wineries on the Ruwer are Erben von Beulwitz, Karlsmühle, Karthäuserhof and Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt.

The wines selected for our tasting were of high quality across the board, and in addition to the top dogs, the wines of the new discoveries (namely van Elkan and Projekt 156) were also convincing. For us, the wine of the day was the 1990 Lorenzhof Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel from Karlsmühle. Excellent performances at a high level were offered, as was to be expected, by C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei and Erben von Beulwitz. The Rieslings from the Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt winery, the Karthäuserhof and from Ludwig Breiling, the long-time winemaker of the Karthäuserhof, also performed very well.

As a pirate that remained undiscovered, a 1997 Veldenz Elisenberg Riesling Spätlese from the Mülheim winery Max Ferd. Richter underlined that the Veldenz Rieslings are rightly called the “Ruwer wines of the Middle Moselle” due to the location of the village in a side valley.

The wines at a glance

Symbols
The rating of the wine reflects the mean value from a tasting by our jury.
The wine was evaluated in a blind tasting.
The wine was tasted as a barrel sample or before an official test number (Amtliche Prüfungsnummer or Staatliche Prüfnummer) was issued.
In our tasting, the wine exhibited a qualitative defect or a wine fault. Depending on the type and severity of the defect or wine fault, the wine was downgraded or rejected.

Erben von Beulwitz

Eitelsbacher Straße 4 • 54318 Mertesdorf • Germany
Phone: +49 651 9561-0 • Fax: +49 651 9561-15
Internet: www.von-beulwitz.de • E‑mail: info@hotel-weis.de

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2008 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Alte Reben Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3519004 6 09 • 7.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2007 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Spätlese feinherb

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3519004 9 08 • 11.5 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Alte Reben Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3519004 6 08 • 7.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2005 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Alte Reben Auslese

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3519004 4 06 • 8 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Ludwig Breiling

54318 Mertesdorf • Germany
– discontinued –

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Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2009 Mertesdorf Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett feinherb

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536012 3 10 • 11 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Mertesdorf Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536012 5 08 • 8.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

van Elkan

54318 Mertesdorf • Germany
– discontinued –

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Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2009 Riesling Spätlese feinherb

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536069 2 10 • 11.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Alte Reben Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536069 3 10 • 8.5 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Karlsmühle

Im Mühlengrund 1 • 54318 Mertesdorf-Lorenzhof • Germany
Phone: +49 651 5124 • Fax: +49 651 5610296
Internet: www.weingut-karlsmuehle.de • E‑mail: anfrage@weingut-karlsmuehle.de

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2008 Lorenzhof Mäuerchen Riesling Kabinett

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536016 12 09 • 9 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Kasel Timpert Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536016 22 08 • 10 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536016 15 08 • 8.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1990 Lorenzhof Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536016 2 91 • 8.5 % alcohol

17.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Karthäuserhof

Karthäuserhof 1 • 54292 Trier-Eitelsbach • Germany
Phone: +49 651 5121 • Fax: +49 651 53557
Internet: www.karthaeuserhof.com • E‑mail: mail@karthaeuserhof.com

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2008 Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561303 8 09 • 8.5 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561303 13 08 • 9 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2006 Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese feinherb

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561303 12 07 • 11 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2005 Eitelsbach Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Nr. 33 Auslese

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561303 14 06 • 9 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt

Schloss Marienlay • 54317 Morscheid • Germany
Phone: +49 6500 9169-0 • Fax: +49 6500 9169-6
Internet: www.kesselstatt.de • E‑mail: info@kesselstatt.de

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Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2008 Kasel Kehrnagel Riesling Kabinett feinherb

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561077 8 09 • 10 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Kasel Nies'chen Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3561077 29 08 • 7.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Maximin Grünhaus

Hauptstraße 1 • 54318 Mertesdorf • Germany
Phone: +49 651 5111 • Fax: +49 651 52122
Internet: www.maximingruenhaus.de • E‑mail: info@maximingruenhaus.de

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Maximin Grünhaus Herrenberg Riesling Auslese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 16 10 • 7.5 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

16

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Winewhitedry to off-dryRiesling

2008 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Superior Qualitätswein

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 10 09 • 11 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

15.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2008 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 16 09 • 8 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

16

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 33 08 • 8.5 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

15.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1996 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 8 97 • 7.5 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

15.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1993 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Nr. 83 Auslese

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 20 94 • 8 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1989 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Nr. 96 Auslese

Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3536014 14 90 • 9 % alcohol • bottled under the former name C. von Schubert'sche Schlosskellerei – Maximin Grünhaus

16.5

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury

Projekt 156

54295 Trier • Germany
– discontinued –

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 3519067 1 08 • 8.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 29 May 2010 by our jury