Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Spatlese Riesling 2016
The Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer is more precocious and affordable of two Spatlese produced at the estate. It comes from the younger vines and offers immediate attraction and drinkability. Aromas and flavors of Mirabelle plum, white peach, honeydew melon and marzipan, all juxtaposed against a canvas of minerals and slate.
So, so refined and elegant. Let this shine with a simple roast chicken, a mildly seasoned veal chop, delicate seafood like cracked crab, or just manchego cheese and raspberries.
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The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese is very clear and nicely reductive on the flinty and limey nose. Lush, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a beautifully mineral and complex Sonnenuhr with a long and intensely aromatic but always refined and refreshing mineral finish. This is a fabulous Spätlese from the Juffer. Tasted March 2018
Intense aromas of dusty slate and flint show prominently but there's also plenty of ripe, penetrating yellow-peach and nectarine flavors waiting to burst through. High toned acidity and a fine, filigreed texture mark the midpalate. It's a complex, faceted wine that should meld further from 2021–2030.
A sixth-century chronicle state that the vineyards of Brauneberg were "propter vinum" (because of wine) bequeathed to Verdun, France, then an important Roman commercial center. Napoleon paid tribute to the Brauneberger wines by fixing their prices above those of all other Mosel wines. When, in 1806, the Mosel vineyard sites were divided into classes according to the quality of their wines, Brauneberg was the only name in the first rank.
Following the Mosel River as it slithers and weaves dramatically through the Eifel Mountains in Germany’s far west, the Mosel wine region is considered by many as the source of the world’s finest and longest-lived Rieslings.
Mosel’s unique and unsurpassed combination of geography, geology and climate all combine together to make this true. Many of the Mosel’s best vineyard sites are on the steep south or southwest facing slopes, where vines receive up to ten times more sunlight, a very desirable condition in this cold climate region. Given how many twists and turns the Mosel River makes, it is not had to find a vineyard with this exposure. In fact, the Mosel’s breathtakingly steep slopes of rocky, slate-based soils straddle the riverbanks along its entire length. These rocky slate soils, as well as the river, retain and reflect heat back to the vineyards, a phenomenon that aids in the complete ripening of its grapes.
Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically on the desirable sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type and altitude. The best Mosel Rieslings—dry or sweet—express marked acidity, low alcohol, great purity and intensity with aromas and flavors of wet slate, citrus and stone fruit. With age, the wine’s color will become more golden and pleasing aromas of honey, dried apricot and sometimes petrol develop.