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Dr. Lippold Urziger Wurzgarten Weltersberg Alte Reben Riesling Auslese 2009


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Since centuries the "Würzgarten" has been considered as one of the best vineyard sites on the Mosel. In 1804, under the reign of Napoleon all vineyards in the French Empire were classified, including those on "La Moselle", then French territory. The parcel "Weltersberg", where the grapes for this wine originate from, was classified as a "Grand Cru" at par with the Grand Crus in Burgundy. The nanoclimate of this vineyard is influenced by heat-storing rocks in the direct neighborhood granting extra hours per day of vegetation. The small sized berries are the fruits from genuine pre-phyloxera rootstock vines of an average age of 55 years with very low yield. The unique red slate soil adds minerals and creates a wealth of aromas of spices and fruits, predominantly ripe mango accompanied by peach, apricot, mint and petals on a backbone of minerality and ripe acidity.
Category White Wine
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Appellation Ürzig
Brand Dr. Lippold
Alcohol/vol 10%
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Wine AdvocateAt around 50 grams of residual sugar and 10% alcohol, Lippold's 2009 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese Alte Reben Weltersberg A.P. #1 - what he terms "classic" style - superficially resembles his 2008 Spatlese. Kiwi, lime, and licorice here suggest a sort of hybrid between Wurzgarten and (Erdener) Treppchen. The bittersweet herbal tone here is beautifully supported by the wine's (considering modern standards for sweet Auslese) modest residual sugar and this boasts subtle creaminess, buoyancy, and sense of transparency to stony, saline, and spicy nuances in a lusciously lingering finish. Lippold has been laying great emphasis on long lees contact that was never part of his partner's regimen, and this Auslese was only racked and bottled in July. "Let me tell you," he joked, "Beni (Pfeiffer) was getting plenty nervous as it started getting warm and here we had this residually sweet wine still on its lees!" The results speak eloquently on behalf of the approach taken here, and should continue to for at least the next 20 years.

David Schildknecht, December 2010