The grapes for this wine come from the Langfuhr vineyard on the Roman slope. It is a 40-year-old Riesling vineyard planted on soft blue slate. A lot of herbs and wildflowers grow there, many animals scurry around, hares, wild boars, and deer visit us, no car traffic disturbs the idyll, and the proximity to the flowing river gives this place something magical. This magic also lives in this wine, which was bottled in December 2018 while it was still slowly fermenting. This Pet Nat is not disgorged, still has the full yeast, and it takes a steady hand, and preferably an apron, to open this bottle. This Riesling exudes a nutty effervescence and excites all senses with its fine bubbles. It has only one fault: the bottle is quickly empty when guests come.
100% Riesling ØØ
Rita and Rudolf Trossen
Rita and Rudolf Trossen decided to break with modern winemaking practices when they converted their entire estate to Biodynamics in 1978. They have been crafting wonderful Mosel Valley Rieslings ever since. In 2010, encouraged by many of their sommelier clients, they began to delve into the world of natural winemaking with their Pur’us line of wines, which have no intervention whatsoever. These wines have zero additives, not even sulfur, and are unfined and unfiltered. There are some winemakers working organically in Germany, but the vast majority of winemakers in Germany are steadfast users of sulfur to stabilize and preserve their wines, making the Trossens real pioneers in their area. They allow their wines to sit on the lees for extended periods of time “until all biological processes have come to an end.” For us, the wines were the first German wines we ever tasted that made us sit up and notice something different was happening. The depth of character and expression Riesling can reach without additives is truly amazing.
The Trossen vineyards are full of slate, which resisted phylloxera completely, thus most of their vines are completely ungrafted and some approach 100 years old!
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