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Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

This is a region of three rivers. The Mosel is the largest and most famous, but the tributaries of the Saar and Ruwer are important as well, and all three exploit marginal land to draw the very best from the Riesling grape in particular. 

This is a region of three rivers. The Mosel is the largest and most famous, but the tributaries of the Saar and Ruwer are important as well, and all three exploit marginal land to draw the very best from the Riesling grape in particular. 

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Steep, south-facing slopes are vital in taking full advantage of the sun at this latitude, which is considerably farther north than Alsace, and the best sites produce sublime wines. These are often underpriced, owing to damage to the region's reputation from widespread plantings of undistinguished grapes on more easily cultivated land.  These poor relations should not be allowed to overshadow the excellence on offer.

Styles of Wine

White wines dominate and Riesling especially.  Its wines are complex when produced with skill, being light and luscious when young and yet capable of ageing extraordinarily.  At their best they are the perfect balance of fruit, acidity and sweetness.  Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) wines are intensely sweet and are produced in years when noble rot appears on the vines.  They are remarkable and celebrated wines with prices to match.

Key Vines

Riesling is where the true quality wine of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer begins and ends.  It accounts for over half the plantings and is the sole vine to be found in the prime viticultural locations.Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Optima and Elbling are all generally grown on unexceptional sites and the wines reflect this.  A small amount of red wine is produced from the Spätburgunder grape, the German name for Pinot Noir.

Climate and Conditions

Few areas of the wine-growing world are so in thrall to both climate and conditions as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.  Regarding climate, spring frosts and summer rains can cause chaos but it is sunlight that truly determines the quality of the vintage.  An average amount will produce good wines, but below can be disastrous and above can lead to truly remarkable results.  Conditions reflect this pressing need to harness the sun.  Steep, south-facing slopes are required to take full advantage of it, though not too high or it will be too cold, whilst both proximity to a river and a soil rich in slate are sought after for the way that both will store and reflect heat back onto the vines.

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  1. Bernkasteler Lay Riesling GG Grand Ley, Mosel

    Bernkasteler Lay Riesling GG Grand Ley, Mosel, 2011 75cl

    Intense aromas fill the nose with concentrated fruit and a touch of minerality detectable. This is a full bodied dry Riesling with stone fruit character supported by a touch of melon and slate-like dryness to the complex finish.

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  2. Solitär Riesling Troken, S A Prüm

    Essence Riesling Feinherb Qba, S A Prüm, Mosel, 2015 75cl

    A superb medium dry riesling from the excellent Prum winery. Punchy concentrated apple aromas meet with lemon and grapefruit to create a wine which would perfectly accompany an aromaticly spiced fish dish.

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  3. Red Slate Dry Riesling, Dr Loosen,

    Red Slate Dry Riesling, Dr Loosen, Mosel, 2015 75cl

    Classic dry German Riesling with plenty of citrus and peach flavour on the palate followed up by generous minerality. The complexity arrives in the form of the spice and floral notes that are detectable and the depth of the finish.

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  4. Solitär Riesling Troken, S A Prüm

    Solitär Riesling Troken, S A Prüm, Mosel, 2015 75cl

    A dryer style of riesling, with peachy aromas. Stone fruit and fresh apple in the mouth balanced with mineral flavours and a hint of petrol.

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  5. Piesporter Michelsberg, Franz Reh & Sohn

    Piesporter Michelsberg, Franz Reh & Sohn, Mosel, 2015 75cl

    From the Mosel valley in Germany, delicate floral aromas and generous fruit give this medium style wine a fresh and harmonious character.

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  6. Bernkastel Lay Riesling Kabinett, S A Prüm

    Bernkastel Lay Riesling Kabinett, S A Prüm, Mosel, 2010 75cl

    A lovely example of a Mosel riesling, well balanced fruit and mineral flavours in the mouth and a refined finish.

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  7. Moselland Riesling Kabinett, 2014

    Moselland Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2016 75cl

    A charmingly floral, medium-style wine from the glorious Mosel valley in the heart of this famous wine-producing country.

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  8. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, S A Prüm

    Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, S A Prüm, Mosel, 2011 75cl

    Ripe stone fruit aromas are joined by a touch of petrol on a medium palate that has lovely candied fruit character. The finish is of sweet peaches and apricot but also a steely dryness lingering in the background making for a tremendously complex Riesling that is very rewarding.

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  9. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Germany

    Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Germany, 2015 75cl

    A flavoursome wine with a refreshing crispness. A relatively low alcohol rosé ideal for drinking at lunch time and with your summer barbecues.

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  10. Graacher Dompropst Riesling Eiswein, Fass 44, S. A. Prüm, 2001

    Graacher Dompropst Riesling Eiswein, Fass 44, S. A. Prüm, Germany, 2001 37.5cl

    An exqiuisite example of the rare German sweet wine where grapes are picked whilst frozen on the vine. This lushiously sweet wine shows incredible levels of concentration and flavour complexity.  

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