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Carl Loewen Riesling ‘1896’ 2020


One of Germany’s most iconic Rieslings, from ungrafted vines planted in 1896. A tribute to the old Mosel, made with traditional methods, and it shows. Unbelievably complex, refined, layered and detailed. Yellow fruits, tonic and herbs, smoke, clove, aniseed, buttered mushrooms and passionfruit. Fascinating attack, after a degree of discreetness, breadth and power, volume and precision. Very subtle sweetness, salting and piquant, the sweetness adding a sheen of silk to the crisp acidity and spicy carry. Immensely long, full of drama, unravelling, opening and closing. Breathtaking, extraordinary and magical. Waters Wine Co

A moment of stillness in the midst of a crazy world. Take only a quick sip and you’ll understand rather little. But if you allow yourself to sink into this deep riesling chasm, you’ll discover an underworld of mineral fascination, married to super-ripe stone fruit. Enormously long and refined finish. Drinkable now, but best from 2023. 99pts James Suckling

The 1896, as it is simply referred to on the front dark-grey label (the reference to the vintage and the vineyard is left for the back label), is a just offdry wine (with 11 g/l of residual sugar) picked on century-old un-grafted vines (planted in 1896) in the Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg, and was made using traditional winemaking methods dating back to the early 1900s. It immediately catches one’s attention through a refined yet very complex and layered nose of fine spices, aniseed herbs, pear, fresh pineapple, almond, greengage, and a dash of passion fruit. The wine is hugely delicate and creamy on the smooth and suave palate packed with flavors of almond, coconut milk, and fine spices. It leaves one with an immense sense of focus in the hugely long and gorgeously intense finish. A touch of off-dry sweetness still needs to integrate in the spicy and salty aftertaste. This is a magnificent and playful Riesling mixing delicacy with intensity and focus. 2024-2040. 95pts Mosel Fine Wines

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