2018 Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1438197 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2018 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett is deep but bright and refined on the flinty nose that offers perfectly ripe Riesling and crunchy slate aromas with a warm iron touch. On the palate, this is a lush, refined, salty-piquant, even racy Riesling with generous fruit and a very long, salty-piquant and crystalline finish. This is a highly complex Riesling in the most delicate expression. It's one of the wines you just have to buy—there won't be any regrets, not today or in 30 years. Since this Brauneberger has slightly more sulfur compared to the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, which still hasn't been filtered and was tasted from the lees, I will retaste the wines early next year, as I am convinced a Mosel Riesling needs two winters to unmask itself. (SR)  (6/2019)

91 points John Gilman

 The Juffer 2018 Kabinett was the only grand cru at this Prädikat level that was already bottled. The wine is a touch more aromatically reserved after its mise, but with a bit of coaxing shows lovely potential in its blend of pear, apple, a nice touch of mossiness, wild yeasts, salty soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full, complex and vibrant, with really good acids, fine focus and grip and a long, complex finish. This seems just a touch riper in style than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, but without losing its Prädikat sensibilities. This finished off at 8.7 percent alcohol. Good juice. (Drink between 2023-2060)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 03 19. The 2018er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett was harvested at 87° Oechsle and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (50 g/l). It offers a beautiful nose of white peach, pear, minty herbs and fine smoky elements. The wine is superbly elegant and full of white peach and apricot blossom on the delicately creamy palate and leaves a nicely crisp feel in the finish. This flirts with Spätlese presence on the palate but remains truly Kabinett-styled in the finish." (6/2019)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer