Clemens Busch Trocken is an outstanding wine. It has a presence in the glass that I don’t often see in young Riesling, but it is not heavy. The Clemens Busch Trocken also drank well for a whole week just sitting on the bench.
Clemens Busch Trocken tastes of dried herbs, undergrowth, stones with floral, peach and tangy tropical fruit over the top. The palate shows fleshy apricot, strong acid, a nice touch of phenolic grip, a pillowy mouthfeel. It is young and long finishing.
When will Clemens Busch Trocken reach its peak? It’ll be a fair few years. Drink it now, or put it away until it is 10 years old. After that, it’ll hang around for the long term.
Clemens Busch Trocken Mosel 2019, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Clemens Busch is the 5th Generation in charge of his family estate, which he runs with his wife, Rita. They currently have 16 of the 25 hectares that make up the Marienburg vineyard. Marienburg sits on the opposite bank to the town of Punderich and has a south-west facing slope. Marienburg is far from one vineyard; it features the grey, red, and blue slates as well as different exposures and aspects. What is unifying is Marienburgs potential to make great wine.
The vineyard has been organically grown since 1984 and switched to biodynamics later on. No additions are made to the wines until sulphur is used just before bottling.
Clemens Busch makes both powerful, dry and long-lived wines as well as beautifully complex and delicious sweeter styles.
Clemens Busch Trocken Mosel 2019 Wine Review
Mosel Fine Wines
“AP: 25 20. The 2019er Riesling Trocken comes from the Estate’s secondary vineyards (Pündericher Goldlay, Pündericher Rosenberg, and the east-facing part of the Pündericher Marienburg) as well as declassified fruit from its “Grand Cru” vineyards. It offers an alluring and elegant nose made of mirabelle, pear, white peach, elderflower, a hint of carraway, some floral elements, and smoke. The wine coats the nicely precise and full-bodied palate with juicy fruits and leaves a subtly creamy yet also zesty feel in the long and lingering finish. A hint of camphor adds a sense of power and presence to the after-taste. Now-2025.”
The most notable of a star list of German Riesling producing regions. The steep, sun-drenched hills get the fruit ripe. At the same time, the cold climate allows for a long growing season. This maintains acidity and mature flavours. Sugar is purposely left in the wines the balance out the acid. The fruity Kabinett and late-picked Spatlese can finish dry and savoury. The sweeter Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese are all exercises in intensity and complexity.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety of quality wine production. Although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find wonderful Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
When you think of the wines of Germany, most likely, you will think of the off-dry Rieslings of the Mosel. And with great reason too. They are delicious. But Germany has many regions and styles. Sure Riesling is the king of the quality wines. But the further south you go, the more you can find Spatburgunder. Or, as we know it, Pinot Noir. Carried there by the same monks who planted out Burgundy. The Pinot Noir in recent history has improved out of sight.
A system that at its core eliminates the use of artificial chemicals in grape growing and winemaking. Different agencies have different criteria for certification. In the EU, it is possible to still use small amounts of RoundUp and maintain organic certification. Sulphur Dioxide is available to use in the wine and vineyard.
A form of organic farming based on lectures given by Rudolph Steiner. There are special composts and tea labelled from 500 to 508, which are sprayed routinely or as medicinal remedies. BD embraces elements of homeopathy, astrology, common sense, best practice, physics, chemistry and encouraging a polyculture. Certification is much more strict than Organic. It is probably safe to assume that a BD producer is, in fact, organic too. For this reason, I do not put them in both categories.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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