Dr Loosen has been in the same family for more than 200 years and its present guardian, Ernst Loosen, is one of the great characters of the wine world. He assumed ownership of the estate in 1988 and immediately realised that, with ungrafted vines averaging 70 years of age, in some of Germany's best-rated vineyards, gave him the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, he dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilisation, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.
The Mosel produces the finest, most aromatic and most delicious off-dry rieslings in the world, and Loosen is a top producer. The colour is pale, the bouquet tight and gorgeously aromatic, flowery and charming. Its sweetness, fruit and acidity come together in a precision palate with energy, line and refinement. Screwcap. Drink: Now to 2029; Price: $44.00; Alcohol: 8%; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Loads of crushed minerals lend a crystalline tone to zesty lime, green apple and lemon flavors in this delightfully off-dry kabinett. Light sabers of citrus acidity and a salty mineral streak lend a Margarita-like kick to a lingering finish. Delightful now, but it should drink well through 2030. Rating: 93 Points; - Editors Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Succulent and spitzy with very vibrant acidity with delicate peaches, apples and floras of some complexity. A long and fine finish with a ton of minerality. Screw cap. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020. Rating: 92 Points; Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling .com
Smoke, honey, almond, fresh apricot and apple. Juicy, chalky feel, honey apricot sweetness, just enough cool acidity to keep it on track, curious (but enjoyable) Disprin® flavour and juicy white fruit finish. Length not quite there, but it’s a delightful thing to drink. Alcohol: 8.5%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019 - 2027; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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