Posts with the label "grose gewachs"


The VDP Grosses Gewachs Preview 2019

The VDP Grosses Gewachs Preview 2019

Friday 6th September 2019
by Mark Dearing

Here Comes the Sonnenuhr

Here comes the sun (doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

If there was such a thing, then The Beatles’ 1969 single “Here Comes the Sun” is surely the soundtrack for vintage 2018 in Germany.

The Vintage Report: Germany 2017

The Vintage Report: Germany 2017

Tuesday 28th August 2018
by Julian Campbell

Surprisingly good 2017s…a vintage to woo and charm, from intense Grosses Gewachs, to kaleidoscopic TBAs….


2017 was a vintage that threw up its fair share of challenges across Germany’s various winemaking regions– a summer like spring causing a super early start, frost, troubled flowering, hail for the unlucky, and early onset botrytis forcing a highly selective and early harvest.  Despite these conditions the ingenious Riesling grape, particularly in the hands of Germany’s greatest growers, by and large fared amazingly well. There are very many wines here that will not look out of place when viewed next to their sibling vintages of ’16 and ’15 – albeit in a markedly different style. And after all, isn’t that why we buy these wines year in and year out?

Germany 2016 En Primeur: The Vintage Report - All’s well that ends well

Germany 2016 En Primeur: The Vintage Report - All’s well that ends well

Tuesday 5th September 2017
by Julian Campbell

Following a great vintage is never easy. The abundance of quality found in 2015, from lowly estate wines to top Grosses Gewächs, is incredibly rare. 


Unsurprisingly it is impossible to state that 2016 can compete in the sheer breadth of its brilliance. And yet, if we narrow our field of vision, there are undoubtedly plenty of individual wines in 2016 which will happily stand shoulder to shoulder with their 2015 counterparts – and in a refreshingly different style.

Where 2015 gave us wines with huge reserves of fruit and concentrated, intense characters, 2016 is more subtle and charming, with cool fruit flavours, complex minerality and often a touch of herbal freshness. There is an exemplary purity and old fashioned refinement to the best of these 2016s which makes them an absolute delight to taste. As one grower noted, “they are more Art House than Blockbuster”. Acidities are ripe, integrated and often play in the background, making way for clearly presented, precise Riesling flavours to take centre stage. They are going to be tremendously drinkable.

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Mark Dearing

The annual preview of the latest VDP Grosses Gewachs (GGs) in Wiesbaden is widely considered the best and most comprehensive dry Riesling tasting in the world. 

Invitations are scarce and attendees hand-picked to ensure that the Kurhaus Kolonnade is for three days a year filled with the world’s leading German wine experts. Justerini & Brooks was privileged to be invited this year to join for an in-depth look at the latest releases from all over Germany.

With impeccable organisation, the tasting is conducted in perfect conditions. Approximately 500 wines are submitted for tasting, comprising all the major German grape varieties, meticulously arranged in flights organised by region, village and individual vineyards. Over the three days, I focused on 2016 GG Rieslings from the Nahe, Rheinhessen and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, as well as the latest 2015 Spatburgunders from the Rheingau, Baden and Pfalz.

Kloster Eberbach: A tasting in the Rheingau’s spiritual home...

Kloster Eberbach: A tasting in the Rheingau’s spiritual home...

Saturday 2nd September 2017
by Mark Dearing

After an early start in London I’d arrived in Frankfurt, already running late for a very special tasting at the Kloster Eberbach. 

Kloster Eberbach has played a key role in religion and winegrowing since its founding in 1136. Supported by the state for its ancient, cultural significance, this former Cistercian monastery continues to produce wine from some of the Rheingau’s most historic vineyards. There I would meet with the gregarious Andreas Spreitzer of Weingut Josef Spreitzer, and together with the great and the good of the Rheingau, we would taste the latest 2016 Riesling Grosses Gewachs (GGs) from all over the region. Following this would be a truly one-of-a-kind library tasting of single-vineyard state wines Marcobrunn and Hollenberg stretching as far back as the 1940s, before an evening revisiting a selection of the top 2015 Rheingau GGs at Weingut Robert Weil.

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