Clemens Busch Marienburg 'Raffes' GL
Clemens always manages to coax magic out of the Marienburg hill and the last three years have been no exception. Here we offer the first dry and sweet releases of 2019, the longer lees-aged top crus from 2018 and two freshly released, two-year lease aged reserve crus. Take your pick, it’s a veritable feast.
"As promising and gorgeously savory as the 2019s are, the 2018s should not be underrated. 2018 is an exceptional vintage for Rita and Clemens Busch, and the range of great wines is wide. Born in a warm yet less dry year than elsewhere, the 2018s are richer than the 2019s and 2017s and certainly lower in acidity. The 2018 GGs, as well as the 2017 Reserve wines are absolutely fabulous. In fact, I don't know many other producers who excel with all the Riesling disciplines from dry to noble sweet. This explains why so many wines are rated 95 or 96, no matter the style or level of sweetness or even the vintage." Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, August 2020
"From predominantly ungrafted vines that are up to 70+ years old and on gray slate, the Pündericher 2018 Marienburg Riesling Raffes did not ferment to fully dry but still reached 13.5% alcohol. Pure, fine and ripe on the flinty and elegant nose, this is a full-bodied, rich and powerful yet finessed, quiet, pure and perfectly interwoven Raffes with a certain sweetness that will become better integrated during the years of bottle aging. Very sustainable finish. A great Riesling again from Clemens and Rita Busch! " 96 pts, Stephan Reinhardt, WA
"The 2018er Marienburg Raffes, as it is referred to on the main part of the label, is a just off-dry wine (with 10 g/l of residual sugar) made from lateharvested fruit in a prime terraced part of the grey-slated Falkenlay sector of the Marienburg vineyard and was left on its gross lees for 15 months before being bottled (hence the late AP number). It offers a beautiful nose made of cassis, grapefruit zest, raspberry, whipped cream, white flowers, a hint of licorice, and fine smoky elements. The wine is smooth and creamy on the barely off-dry tasting palate and leaves a beautifully herbal feel of mirabelle, gooseberry, apricot blossom, and smoke in the long and lingering finish. A kick of zest and grapefruit puree adds cut to the after-taste of this absolutely beautiful deep expression of barely off-dry Riesling. 2025-2033." 93 pts, Mosel Fine Wines, By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Wine Type||White wines|
|Wine Style||Fragrant White|
|Winemaking||Biodynamic wines, Organic wines, Vegan wines, Vegetarian wines|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
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