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Refugium Würzgarten

Ungrafted and unique

9 July 2011
Werner Elflein

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View of the Moselle from the Ürzig Würzgarten

As one of only a few vineyards in Germany and on the Middle Moselle, the Ürzig Würzgarten is still home to a significant proportion of ungrafted Riesling vines that often have an age of 100 years or more. Even in weaker or more difficult years, these vines, which are perfectly adapted to their environment, produce top quality.

Characteristic of the Würzgarten Rieslings is a complex, strikingly spicy minerality and a very fine, sometimes juicy fruit, often reminiscent of ripe peach, apricot and nectarine. In the plot In der Kranklei, the former single vineyard Ürzig Kranklay, is also typical of star fruit aromas.

The Rieslings from the Würzgarten owe their distinctive character to a unique soil structure (essentially Rotliegend with volcanic rhyolite), which is probably unique in this form worldwide. The brochure Terroir an Mosel, Saar und Ruwer published by the Dienstleistungszentrum Ländlicher Raum Mosel states: “The outstanding features of this soil are its high iron content and a large rootable soil space. This large soil space, together with fine soil types, results in a high water-holding capacity. All other properties must be considered in a differentiated way because of the loess content in the rigol horizon. The fine soil is clayey-loamy there, and clayey underneath, both with high proportions of grit. Thus, the topsoil is sufficiently aerated and warms up quickly also because of the relatively dark soil colour. Both are somewhat less favourable in the deeper soil, but this need not be a disadvantage. This area can be used by the vine as a water reservoir despite the higher main root zone. The nutrient supply is sufficient in slightly acidic, lime-free soil.”

The name Würzgarten (spice garden) dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, it was still customary to add spices to wines and to plant herb gardens for this purpose. A spice garden, which was planted in the vineyards above the village in 2005 in the course of land consolidation, is a reminder of this tradition.

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Ürzig Würzgarten: up to 70 % gradient

We have tasted a number of dry, off-dry, fruity and sweet Rieslings from the Ürzig Würzgarten. In addition to matured crus from the 1990s, the focus was also on the current vintages from 2007 to 2010. The Würzgarten Rieslings showed how excellently they can mature and still shine with youthful brilliance even after 20 years.

The wines at a glance

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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.

Jos. Christoffel jr. (Christoffel-Prüm)

54539 Ürzig • Germany
– discontinued –

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602144 1 08 • 7.5 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2001 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ***

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602144 3 02 • 7 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1994 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese **

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602144 5 95 • 7.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Karl Erbes

Würzgartenstraße 25 • 54539 Ürzig • Germany
Phone: +49 6532 2123 • Fax: +49 6532 1417
Internet: www.weingut-karlerbes.de • E‑mail: info@weingut-karlerbes.de

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2010 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 12 11 • 7.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2010 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *** Gold Capsule

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 16 11 • 7 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2010 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 18 11 • 6.5 % alcohol

19

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 35 10 • 9.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Kranklay Riesling Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 8 10 • 7.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2003 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese **

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 6 04 • 7.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1996 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602138 6 97 • 7.5 % alcohol

17.5

Tasted on 12 June 2020 by Werner Elflein

Greenish straw to golden yellow. Ripe Riesling fragrance, fine mineral nose. Juicy starfruit, which reveals the origin of the terroir “In der Kranklei”. Well-integrated acidity, not excessively sweet, harmonious, anything but fragile and with potential for many years to come. Excellent length.

16.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Dr. Hermann

Moselufer 22 • 54539 Ürzig • Germany
Phone: +49 6532 2542 • Fax: +49 6532 4021
Internet: www.weingut-drhermann.de • E‑mail: drhermann@gmx.de

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2010 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602145 11 11 • 7.5 % alcohol

17.5

Tasted on 14 October 2023 by Werner Elflein

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Ürzig Würzgarten Urglück Riesling Auslese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602145 13 08 • 8 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2006 Ürzig Würzgarten Urglück Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602145 8 07 • 8.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 2 September 2018 by Werner Elflein

Sparkling amber gold with high viscosity. Concentrated botrytis scent of partly dried, partly candied citrus fruits. Glides surprisingly light-footed over the tongue despite all its inner density. The appropriately high degree of sweetness can well compensate the dark side of the enormous botrytis load. The acid initially appears very restrained, but in the finish it is well presented. Very long and with excellent sustainability.

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

cork flavour

Dr. Loosen

St. Johannishof • 54470 Bernkastel • Germany
Phone: +49 6531 3426 • Fax: +49 6532 4248
Internet: www.drloosen.de • E‑mail: vertrieb@drloosen.de

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WinewhitedryRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Alte Reben Qualitätswein trocken

Großes Gewächs VDP

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2576162 57 10 • 12.5 % alcohol

13

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Alfred Merkelbach

54539 Ürzig • Germany
– discontinued –

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

2010 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Fuder 10 Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602055 10 11 • 9.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Fuder 18 Spätlese *

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602055 18 10 • 10.5 % alcohol

13

Tasted on 6 June 2013 by Werner Elflein

Bright straw yellow. Discreet planty nose. Discreet apple-citrus scent. On the tongue with a rather pale opening. One-dimensional, creamy fruit. Sweetness and alcohol find no balance at 10.5 % alcohol and correspondingly low residual sugar. Some mango in the finish. Shows little structure (probably due to high yield), but lacks depth and length.

15.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Fuder 14 Auslese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602055 14 10 • 9 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 17 November 2015 by Werner Elflein

Greenish straw yellow. Fruity bouquet of peach, grapefruit and Williams pear. Classic selection style with moderate residual sugar at the expense of a higher alcohol yield, but well-balanced. Juicy Riesling fruit, animating and currently probably in best drinking maturity. Very good length.

16.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2007 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Fuder 22 Spätlese

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602055 22 08 • 9 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Markus Molitor

Haus Klosterberg • 54470 Bernkastel-Wehlen • Germany
Phone: +49 6532 95400-0 • Fax: +49 6532 95400-29
Internet: www.markusmolitor.com • E‑mail: info@markusmolitor.com

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WinewhitesweetRiesling

1999 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese *

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2576609 30 00 • 7.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Moselschild

54539 Ürzig • Germany
– discontinued –

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Winewhiteoff-dryRiesling

2007 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese feinherb

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602135 4 08 • 11 % alcohol

14.5

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitedryRiesling

2001 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Auslese trocken

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602135 3 02 • 12 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

1997 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602135 4 98 • 7.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Winewhitesemi-dryRiesling

1994 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese halbtrocken

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602135 2 95 • 10.5 % alcohol

14

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

Rebenhof

Hüwel 2-3 • 54539 Ürzig • Germany
Phone: +49 6532 4546
Internet: www.rebenhof.de • E‑mail: info@rebenhof.de

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WinewhitedryRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese trocken

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602100 13 10 • 12 % alcohol

15

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitedryRiesling

2009 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling von alten Reben Spätlese trocken

Germany

Mosel • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602100 12 10 • 12.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury

WinewhitesweetRiesling

2006 Ürzig Würzgarten Riesling Tradition Spätlese

Germany

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

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 2602100 10 07 • 11.5 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 9 July 2011 by our jury