Graacher Dompropst Alte Reben Riesling, Max Ferdinand Richter
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Cool slate stone character, rich and juicy fruit notes, refreshing. Great complexity on palate and long lingering dry finish. Made from old vines, this is a dry Riesling with just 1.2g residual sugar. Offering precision and focus, you'll find wonderful mineral and citrus notes on the palate along with a crisp acidity. Very nicely done!
Richter Graacher Dompropst Rielsing Alte Reban Wine is grown in the Graacher Dompropst (Dean of the Cathedral) vineyard that’s located in the center of the former Catholic holdings; its name refers to the fact that tax income from this land went to the highest ranking official of the Trier diocese. The vineyard is surrounded by the Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) vineyard, a reference to conditions that produce truly heavenly wine. In Burgundian terms, the Himmelreich can be seen as a “premier cru” vineyard, while the Dompropst would be a “grand cru” site.
Like last year’s eponymous wine, this is sourced from the original, core Domprobst. “We harvest this old parcel en bloc,” explained Richter. “The vines go back to sometime soon after World War I. We give the fruit some pre-fermentative skin contact and then let it ferment in cask as far as it wants to.” In 2015, that was to 16 grams of residual sugar, whereas in this case there are only half that many grams, so stylistically the results resemble what was last year bottled as Graacher Domprobst Auslese trocken. Scents of grapefruit peel, walnut and black currant set the stage for a grippingly piquant palate performance and finish that nonetheless avoid outright bitterness and boast both ample fresh fruit juiciness and mouthwatering salinity.