The Scharzhofberger is certainly a German ‘Grand Cru’ and probably a fi rst growth at that. Its greatest manipulant is Egon Müller who resides in Scharzhof, the Manor House at the foot of the Scharzhofberg. Unquestionably, his wines are age-worthy, balanced and very moreish showing off their combination of smoke, slate and citrus flavours evenly interspersed with luscious droplets of honey. Egon also runs Le Gallais Estate comprising the fi rst class Braune Kupp vineyard north of Wiltingen. Egon’s wines are classically made, benchmark examples of Saar Riesling and are probably some of the world’s fi nest, long lived and aristocratic wines.
The vineyards along the steep sided banks of the Mosel river, part of the region known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, are known for being some of the hardest vineyards in the world to work (due to their steepness) and home to some of the finest white wines in the world. Riesling is king in this cool region that follows the twists and turns of the River Mosel providing myriad different terroirs and vineyard aspects.