Overview of the Wine
Since 1561, viticulture has been practiced with the highest quality standards at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier.
Along 25 hectares of impressive steep slope sites in the Mosel and Saar valleys, Riesling grapes ripen to internationally recognized top quality.
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier emerged from the Trier Jesuit College, which opened on February 3, 1561. The vineyard holdings came primarily from donations by Archbishop-Electors of Trier Johann von der Leyen and Jacob III zu Eltz (1561-1581).
After 210 years, Pope Clement XIV dissolved the Jesuit Order in 1773. This also meant the end of the Jesuit College. Under Elector Clemens Wenceslaus (1768-1794), it continued as “Electoral Gymnasium.”
Under French administration, the “Electoral Gymnasium” was first called “École centrale,” or as “École secondaire,” and continued as “Collège” in 1811.
The Trier-born philosopher Karl Marx received his school diploma in the Promotionssaula of the school in 1835, now the Great Hall of the Bischöfliches Priesterseminar.
By Napoleon’s imperial decree (1805), the school received the former Jesuit assets, including buildings and vineyards. Later on, the possessions of the institution remained preserved in Prussian times. The French “Collège” was called “Royal Prussian Gymnasium” and renamed “Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in 1896.
Today, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium cultivates in internationally renowned steep slopes in Graach, Bernkastel, and Trittenheim (about 11 hectares). The steep slate slopes are planted exclusively to Riesling. On the Saar, near Trier, they farm 13 hectares of vine around Falkensteiner Hof.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This Riesling has a classic Mosel liveliness, with juicy fruit and a dry mineral finish. It’s both a party wine and versatile with a variety of dishes and, thanks to its authenticity, it meets the everyday demands of Riesling connoisseurs.
89 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Delicate whiffs of crushed mineral, green apple and tangerine on the nose carry to the concentrated, off-dry palate. This is an uncomplicated wine, with pure flavors of juicy pineapple and grapefruit, marked by a touch of honeycomb and lemon zest on the finish. Enjoy now–2021. ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA
Product size: 750ml