Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2001

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Item No. 56047
  • white wine
  • ST92

Winemaker's Notes

Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous sites in Germany and was probably planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, it is removed from the Saar in a side valley and faces due south. It is both very steep (30-60% grade) and high in elevation, starting at 180 m/590 ft. and reaching 280 m/918 ft. The soil, formed from gray Devonian slate decomposition, is very deep with no bedrock. Scharzhofberg is very well drained but still holds sufficient moisture (a characteristic shared by many of the very best European vineyards). The vineyard comprises 27 ha (67 acres), of which Egon Muller owns 7 ha (17.5 acres). This includes 3 ha (7.5 acres) of ungrafted Riesling vines planted in the last century. The Kabinett wine is very racy and austere, with superb mineral-toned complexity and a steely edge of acidity. This is Riesling at its most ethereal, and arguably one of the great white wines of the world. Even at Kabinett level, a Scharzhofberger can develop in the bottle for 20 to 30 years in a good vintage. The ones produced from noble rot are immortal.

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The Egon Muller Saar wines are entirely estate-grown and come from two domains, either his original, 200 year old 21-acre property at Scharzhof (founded in 1797) or the 10-acre Le Gallais vineyard in Wiltingen partially acquired in 1954. The Scharzhofberg vineyard is the equivalent of a Cote d'Or grand cru and considered by many German wine authorities to be one of Europe's finest...

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Learn About Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr) The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...

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Learn About Riesling

Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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