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.
Very pretty, and very fine. Sweet green apple and melon, white flowers, almost vanilla I’d say, and a dusting of spice and crushed rocky things and salt. It’s all juicy white fruit with a charming mouth-perfume, spicy and slightly cheesy/savoury, fine chalky texture and sherbetty acidity (and flavour). Slightly creamy feel too. Finish is all spiced sweet apple, and long with it. Ever so tasty. Tasted: Dec 2020; Alcohol: 8%; Price: $65; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2030+; Rated: 94+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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