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2017 Carl Loewen Maximin Herrenberg "1896" Alte Reben Riesling Trocken Mosel

SKU #1407889 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is so exotic but it is also super clean with a ravishing elegance. A very long and complex finish with enormous minerality. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The Maximin Herrenberg vineyard is the lower section, closest to the Mosel River, of the larger Herrenberg vineyard in the village of Longuich. This bottling is made from ungrafted vines planted in 1896, as the name suggests, and is 12.5 percent octane in the 2017 vintage. This section of the vineyard is red slate, rather than the blue slate found in the Laurentiuslay, and the wine is again fermented and raised in twenty-five year-old fuder. The nose is very refined in its blend of pear, a touch of clementine, lovely floral tones, slate, orange zest and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and a bit more reserved in profile out of the blocks than the Laurentiuslay, with a fine core and lovely cut and grip on the long and precise finish. This is probably every bit as good as the Laurentiuslay this year, but it is more closed today and I have to give a slight nod to the above wine for the present time. (Drink between 2023-2050) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 09 18. The 2017er Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Trocken “1896” Alte Reben is a dry Riesling made from century-old un-grafted vines (planted in 1896) in a plot at the lower end of the vineyard. A hint of residues from spontaneous fermentation quickly gives way to quite refined notes of white minerals, mint, yellow peach and pear. The wine significantly gains from airing and develops smoky notes of spices and herbs. It shows intensity and even a touch of power on the impeccably balanced palate, leading to a very long and mineral-infused finish. This beautiful wine, made in a slightly more powerful style than in recent vintages, proves no less impressive. It is utterly pure and refined. 2022-2032 " (06/2018)

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