Exquisite, Expressive Rieslings from a Legendary Ruwer Estate
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, about two kilometers upstream from where it joins the Mosel. The estate belongs to the family of Carl von Schubert and is divided into three separate but contiguous vineyards: Abtsberg, Herrenberg, and Bruderberg. Each of these vineyards has its own distinct differences in terroir, which explain the unique character of the wines made at Maximin Grünhaus.
THE CORE U.S. SELECTION
These wines offer a representative cross-section of the Maximin Grünhaus estate’s range of wines. They will be maintained in continuous supply until the vintage is sold out. But the estate also makes a lot of other amazing wines, which are available by special order (see below).
Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling “Monopol”
The term “monopol” refers to the wholly owned slopes of the Grüneberg that constitute the estate vineyards of Maximin Grünhaus.
Maximin Grünhäuser “Alte Reben”
A harmonious, food-friendly estate wine that tastes essentially dry, but beautifully balances the brisk acidity of the über-cool Ruwer valley.
Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling "Superior"
The Superior bottling is from old vines in the best part of the Abtsberg. It is fermented with natural yeasts in large oak casks to produce a perfectly balanced, off-dry wine that captures the purity and complexity of the vineyard. The name “Superior” is a reference to the estate’s monastic history.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett
This wine is a selection of barrels that exhibit the delicate Kabinett style, but also show the distinctive stone fruit flavors and red slate minerality that are typical expressions of this vineyard’s terroir.
Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett
The delicate Kabinett style from the estate’s very best vineyard. Always impressive with its explosive fruit, layered complexity and fine mineral structure.
Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese
The Abtsberg Spätlese is a selection of barrels produced from fruit harvested late in the season. The longer hang time produces more fully developed aromas and flavors, and greater complexity.
Maximin Grünhäuser Pinot Blanc
This new Pinot Blanc was made with fruit from the Herrenberg vineyard. It was naturally fermented and aged in old Fuder casks. It offers a fruity and spicy bouquet, with a refreshing, elegant lightness on the palate. It's a perfect accompaniment for all sorts of fish and pasta.
Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Sekt Brut
For the Riesling Sekt, 100% healthy grapes were harvested in the Herrenberg vineyard at the end of October, 2014. Whole clusters were pressed with low pressure, fermented in old Fuder casks until Christmas, and left on the full lees until April 2015. After racking and filtering the wine was taken to a local Sekt producer who handled the second fermentation in the bottle, maturation in bottle, hand riddling and disgorgement — the classic “méthode champenoise.” The dosage was done with an excellent 2011 Herrenberg Auslese, taking the wine to the upper limits of brut.
SPECIAL ORDER WINES
In addition to the core wines, these additional Maximin Grünhaus wines are available in limited quantities on a pre-arrival basis, and depending on vintage. For more information, contact us.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling “Superior”
The top dry-style selection from the best parcels of the Herrenberg vineyard.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese
Late-picked selection from the Herrenberg vineyard. Not produced in every vintage.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese, Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese
Auslese is a special selection of very ripe grapes picked quite late in the harvest, often with a bit of botrytis.
Special Fuder Nr. Auslese
Each year, after continuous tasting in the cellar, a few special barrels of Auslese are chosen for Fuder number designation. The selection changes with each vintage (as do the Funder numbers), but always represents the most dinstinctive Auslese wines of the year.
Eiswein, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese
These are extremely small-production, high-end sweet wines that are only produced when nature provides the necessary raw materials. Naturally, therefore, availability varies with each vintage.