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Clemens Busch, the ultimate expression of Riesling
The charming and self-effacing couple of Clemens and his wife Rita have gained a cult following over the past three decades for their laser-sharp, richly textured and terroir defined wines. Clemens pioneered organic farming in the early 1980’s, and have converted to biodynamic production since 2005. They are members of the elite VDP top producers of Germany.
Based in the middle-Mosel village of Pünderich, opposite the iconic Marienburg, where sharply angled slopes and terraces of multitudinous aspects on grey and red slate display their miraculous vines to sun and river. They know that Riesling is the king of grapes, the Mosel its most illustrious terrain and so produce its ultimate expression. Nowhere in the world is the identification of vine, winemaker and produce more precisely defined.
Having lived din Germany for a long time, our founder Nathan, has tasted thousands of Rieslings over the years and has never encountered Rieslings to compare with these. In the sweet versus dry debate, it’s worth noting that Clemens only uses natural yeasts, preferring each wine to find its perfect balance in each vintage.
Their wines are a celebration of the unique terroir and their names perfectly represent that.
The name Fahrlay is made up of the words “Fahr” for ferry and “Lay” for slate. Blue slate is predominant here, a particularly hard stone that demands much of the vines and obliges them to make headway deep in the rock’s crevices in order to be supplied with sufficient water. The wines are particularly mineral-driven and almost salty.
Falkenlay. As the name implies, to this day falcons nest in the stone crevices in this area. It is particularly well protected from the wind, and was always treasured by old winemakers in the village as the best section in Pünderich. The predominantly gray slate furnishes the vines with all that they need. The wines tend toward creaminess and fruitiness. “Raffes” is a sub-section of Falkenlay.
Rothenpfad. This section was mentioned in the historic Mosel wine map as among the best in the region. The red slate that dominates here provides the wines with an herbal-spicy note, which makes itself especially clear with a bit of residual sugar. In particularly hot years, the southeast-facing orientation is superior to those sites that face due south.
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Published on: July 3, 2017