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 Riesling “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 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.
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 Abtsberg
Wines from this vineyard were originally destined for the table of the Abbot (or “Abt”) of the Abbey of St. Maximin. The site covers 35 acres, parts of which 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, achieving a gradient of up to 70 percent. 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.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg
Wines from this site were made specially for the Abbey’s choirmasters. Extending over 40 acres, the site benefits from deep soils with good water retention, over a base of red Devonian slate. Wines from the Herrenberg show fruit and body early in their lives, but also possess extraordinary ageing potential.
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 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.