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Two 2006 Rieslings

Last weekend I attended a great wedding in sunny Cheshire – good company, decent wine, great food and an amazing live band. It was quite a party!

Having a few nights away from home obviously separated me from my cellar (oh, the trauma of it….), so I took along these two Rieslings – both under screwcap – for sipping on evenings either side of the wedding festivities.

Joh. Jos. Christoffel and Künstler Rieslings

Künstler Hochheimer Reichestal Riesling Kabinett 2006: Under screwcap. A richly coloured golden hue here. The nose is certainly suggestive of sweetness, with a candied feel to it, sweet and dried fruit, fresh and expressive though. It is a little oatmealy too. Lots of sweet and limey flesh on the palate, underpinned by lively acidity keeping it fresh. This is really appealing, with an almost chewy and very satisfying substance, and a very sappy sweetness into the finish. There is a lovely density to it, a soft and caramel-textured character in the mid- and endpalate, which is sweet and rich but fresh too, and very long. 17/20 (August 2012) AP number: 40 060 003 07

Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2006: Under screwcap. A fine, golden hue in the glass. The nose is rich in fruit and full of confident minerality. The aromas are reminscent of rich and vibrant tangerine fruit with notes of pear skin and sweet apple alongside. There is plenty of fine flesh on the palate, an appropriate weight for a spätlese, and plenty of vibrant, crunchy acidity running through the middle, accompanied by a very appealing minerally seam. This persists and dominates the long finish. And there is a really vibrant finesse on the end of the palate here. Delicious. 17/20 (September 2012) AP number: 2 602 041 005 07

Both are delicious wines. I’m not sure the Künstler would appeal to those seeking a very defined, correct, old-school Kabinett, but on the road (not literally) it served its purpose very well indeed.

7 Responses to “Two 2006 Rieslings”

  1. Chris,

    Love these wines. Spatlese needs 6-8 years or more to really integrate. Unfortunately as with everything else in the wine world the German wines have priced themselves out of the market. I was just up in Michigan in my friend’s store and he used to have almost an entire aisle of German wines, now down to two small sections. Prices up for everything over basic Kabinett and some few god QbA about 30% over the last few years.

  2. Disheartening I am sure, but these wines have been undervalued for a very long time…..

  3. I just returned from Germany and the wines didn’t seem too expensive there, so I guess it’s not the producers that are raking in bigger profits…? I was actually surprised how affordable the top names of Mosel were. Also found some bottles of Keller and Dönnhoff with great price tags, for example Keller’s Von der Fels Riesling 2011 at 11,80 €.

  4. I can’t speak for Gary in the US, but here in the UK much of the price of a bottle of wine goes to the Goverment. VAT (value added tax) is 20%, and this is applied to the cost of the wine only after Alcohol Duty has been added, which for wines of this type is currently £1.90 per bottle.

    I suspect there are still plenty of great German bargains to be found though, even with the UK Government’s willingness to tax alcohol to the hilt.

  5. I too love my Mosel but at same time I am finding Leitz in the Rheingau is turning out some lovely wines.

  6. Agree Bob, Leitz make – in my limited experience – some good wines.

  7. As a Luxemburger i’m often in Germany to taste and buy wines. Indeed their wines are still great value (with general overall quality improving almost by the year) for their money here, as even the best estates sell their basic wines (Gutsweine) for under 10€ and almost all of the ‘Grosse Gewächse’ are sold between 25-35€. From visites in recent years to the States i know you guys are not living at the best place to enjoy european wines, had a tough time to find decent bottles for reasonable prices…