Dr. Loosen

Dynamic Rieslings from the Slate Slopes of the Mosel

The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Ernst dramatically restricts crop size, prohibits chemical fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling.

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The Wines

ESTATE WINES

Riesling Dry "Red Slate"

Made from red slate estate vineyards found primarily in the south-facing stretch of river that encompasses the villages of Ürzig, Erden, Lösnich and Kinheim, this dry Riesling has an intense minerality that is warm and enveloping. It has floral, spicy, citrus blossom aromas and harmonious flavors with a full, expansive texture. Very expressive.

Riesling Kabinett "Blue Slate"

This classic Mosel Kabinett is light, fresh and juicy, with a crisp finish. The fruit for this wine comes only from parcels with blue slate soil, which is the most typical type of slate in the Middle Mosel valley. Rich in potassium, this soil provides vital nutrients to the vines and gives the wines a pronounced mineral edge.

CLASSIFIED VINEYARDS AT DR. LOOSEN

Bernkasteler Lay (The Slate of Bernkastel)

Bernkasteler Lay (pronounced LIE) is situated between the Dr. Loosen estate house and the village of Bernkastel. The soil is predominantly slate, but is heavier and deeper than in the neighboring villages of Wehlen and Graach. This site also has a slightly gentler slope than the estate’s other vineyards. It produces richly textured, assertive wines.

Graacher Himmelreich (The Kingdom of Heaven)

Graach is a small village that lies between Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful minerality of the abundant blue slate in the soil, wines from Graach have excellent aging potential and will improve in the bottle for many decades.

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Wehlener Sonnenuhr (The Sundial of Wehlen)

This precipitously steep and rocky vineyard (VAY-len-er ZON-en-ooer) yields some of the most elegant and sophisticated white wines in the world. The classic blue slate soil gives the wine a delicate, crisp acidity that perfectly balances the pure peach and lemon fruit. It’s a charming wine that dances gracefully on the palate.

Ürziger Würzgarten (The Spice Garden of Ürzig)

Blazing red and insanely steep, the Ürziger Würzgarten (ERTS-ih-ger VERTS-gar-ten) vineyard fills the picturesque amphitheater formed by this dramatic bend in the river. It produces wines with exotic, spicy aromas that are bursting with tropical fruit flavors. The estate’s oldest vines are found here.

Erdener Treppchen (The Little Staircase of Erden)

This vineyard is so steep that, long ago, stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. Wines from Erdener Treppchen are more like a powerful, hard-body rock climber than the graceful ballet dancer of Wehlener.

Erdener Prälat (The Bishop of Erden)

A small slice of perfection, the four-acre Erdener Prälat (AIR-din-er PRAY-laht) produces some of the greatest wines in the Mosel valley. It has 100 percent south-facing red slate soil and an extraordinarily warm microclimate, yielding wines of unequaled power and nobility. The vineyard’s exposure, combined with the warming effect of the river and the massive, heat-retaining cliffs that surround it, ensures exceptional ripeness in every vintage.

DESSERT WINES

Riesling Eiswein

Picked and pressed during a natural freeze in December 2007, this vibrant, racy dessert wine conjures flavors of densely packed pear, apple and guava, with an intense, nervy edge in the aroma. It is luscious, silky and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity giving it a crisp, dynamic finish. Available in 375ml and 187ml bottles (the 187ml bottle is packaged in an attractive display tube).

Riesling Beerenauslese

Beerenauslese (pronounced BEAR-en OWS-lay-zuh) means “berry selection” in German. It is an intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine made from hand-selected grapes that have been shriveled about halfway to raisins by botrytis (the “Noble Rot”). BA has the same minimum must weight as Eiswein, so they have about the same sweetness. But BA has the distinct honeyed character that comes from botrytis, giving the wines a more complex aroma and a lusher texture.

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