- Dr. Ernst Loosen
- 2007 - 2035
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, August 2007
The Prälat vineyard is the top vineyard in the mid-Mosel and one of the most spectacular the world over. Steep and jagged like the walls of the Grand Canyon, it is home to 100 year+ vines which are encrusted in its red-rock iron-slate soils. So steep in fact, that workers use a miner-like cart (on a track) to reach the higher areas of the vineyard as nothing is terraced. This is no man'sland, but what a mecca for vines! Delicate on the nose with notes of perfume and white peach, the 2006 unfolds onto the palate with ripe flavours of kumquats, orange blossom honey and spice. Undeniably lush and intense, it nonetheless has piercing acidity which cuts through its fleshy fruit like a laser adding balance, incredible freshness and unfathomable length. This is the holy grail of Ausleses that could rival some of the most sought after Sauternes, making it a force to be reckoned with. Only 100 cases produced.
Wine Advocate, October 2008,
I only tasted Loosen's 2006 Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule when it was in a veryprimary, still yeasty state, before bottling. Even so, it was unmistakably in a direct line from the gold capsule bottling (out of whose fruit it was selected), with enormous density and honeyed richness complemented by the concentration of an herbal elixir, and levitated and energized by a raging torrent of ripe citrus. Blazingly bright yet honeyed, and with striking depth of nut oil flavors, and savory salinity in the finish, this should be cellared for at least a couple of decades and is likely to last four or more.
Dr. Ernst Loosen
Worldly, dynamic and charismatic, Ernst Loosen is an undeniable character. He has been at the helm of his 200-year-old family domaine since 1988. With his initiative and savoir faire, over the years he has helped re-establish the Mosel on a wider scale as one of the most exciting wine growing areas in the world. Its terroir is exceptional, composed primarily of grey-blue and red slate that climb up to tremendously steep cliffs - the steepest in the world to be exact. Due to the Middle Mosel's lack of actual soil and incredibly good drainage, most of the vines are not grafted onto American rootstocks as phylloxera cannot survive. As a result, the vines grow exceptionally slowly creating wines that tend to be wonderfully pure, tender and focused. Ernst's holdings are in the some of the most reputable vineyards.
The Mosel's terroir is exceptional, composed primarily of grey-blue and red slate that climb up totremendously steep cliffs - the steepest vineyards in the world to be exact. Due to the Middle Mosel's lack of soil paired with its incredibly good drainage, most of the vines are not graftedonto American rootstocks as phylloxera cannot survive. As a result, the vines grow exceptionally slowly creating wines that tend to be wonderfully pure, tender and focused.