2015 Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken (Dry) Mosel (Biodynamic)

SKU #1291653 90 points Vinous

 A faintly yeasty aromatic overlay is entirely pleasant. Fresh lime and grapefruit are pungently scented, brightly juicy, and tinged with mouthwatering salinity on a tangy, animating finish. There is an impressive sense of sheer stuffing here – reinforced by Busch’s usual long lees exposure and late bottling – that in no way inhibits refreshment. Yet at just 10.5 percent alcohol, the wine is delightfully buoyant, and unusually so for a legally trocken bottling. This was picked soon after the September rains let up, and Rita Busch suggested that its alcoholic levity is probably partly due to beneficial dilution. All I can say is, you can’t ask for much more fun from an “intro-level” dry Riesling! (DS)  (6/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Trocken has a clear, fresh and open bouquet followed by a refreshingly pure and piquant, nicely juicy and charmingly fruity palate. This wine was bottled at the end of September with 58 milligrams of sulfur (total) and just 10.4% alcohol. (SR)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

From Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2015er Estate Riesling Trocken comes from the Estate’s secondary vineyards (Pündericher Goldberg, Rosenberg and the east-facing part of the Pündericher Marienburg) as well as declassified fruit from its 'Grand Cru' vineyards. It offers a gorgeous nose of grapefruit, ripe pear and fresh spices. The wine proves nicely racy and elegant on the palate and leaves a zesty feel of herbs in the long and delicately powerful finish. 2017-2023." (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
Well, this is a nice, new Trocken introduction! Wet slate, subtle apricot, and blossom notes are all elegance and seduction on this pretty, seamless Riesling. Anyone who'd hate this would probably also spit at sunsets and serve kitten kebabs.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
Wow! Lovely and elegant rose and floral aromas just jump out of the glass. In the mouth the Clemens Busch is pure, clean, crisp and dry with mineral flavors that make it even more interesting. This is a absolute joy to drink and is low in alcohol ( just under 11%).

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2017 | Send Email
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The Clemens Busch Trocken has everything there is to like about a dry Mosel at a price that can't be beat. Pure and bright with great acidity and balance. Lovely slate nose laced with jasmine and a faint quince like savory note. The palate is pure and fine with great minerality and lovely ripe Meyer lemon fruit. A reasonably long dry finish and fine mineral residual top it off. Beautiful Riesling, fantastic value - what's not to like!
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