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2018 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken, Mosel, Germany

$26

Lean and electric with juicy lime, grapefruit, and a hint of petrol. Plenty of fruit phenolics gives this wine weight and body, making it the perfect summer Riesling.  all grown in grey slate from multiple parcels in the Marienburg (including the portions that lie across the river, which don’t make it into the GG wines), a mix of young and old vines up to 50-60 yrs old.

Florian Clemens is the fifth generation winemaker at this estate and he began using organic practices in 1984, more recently transitioning to biodynamics, for which he has become a role model and beacon of change among German winemakers. Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. Vines are sourced from sections of the Marienburg and Pündericher.

The latter lies essentially at the dividing line between the Middle and Lower Mosel, the wilder and more remote northern section of the Mosel river system. The geology here is unique, based on a volcanic formation hundreds of millions of years old. The three main colors of slate (blue, red and grey) are all found here, dominating different parcels along the slopes across the river from the village. Unfortunately, the German government in 1971, in a bureaucratic decision of breathtaking short-sightedness, lumped all these parcels together under one vineyard name, the Marienburg. Clemens has devoted his career to rectifying this mistake, identifying the different terroirs of the original hillside on his labels by their historical names. In addition, he further delineates his wines by their soil type, using an ingenious method: the color of the capsule on the bottles indicates the type of slate (blue, gray or red) that dominates the source from which each wine comes.

2018 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken, Mosel, Germany

$26
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