Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben, Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben, Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
The Christoffel family of Ürzig has been involved in wine production dating back to the 17th century. In 2001 Hans Leo Christoffel leased the management of his vineyards and winemaking to Robert Eymael of the Mönchhof estate. All of Christoffel’s 4 hectares comprise the Ürziger Würzgarten and Erdener Treppchen, including a very special parcel directly above (and contiguous with) the 2.2 hectare Erdener Prälat. Cultivation in these sites has been recorded as early as the 7th century, and has for centuries been prized because of its southern exposure, deep Devonian slate, and steep gradients. The Ürziger Würzgarten, or ‘sprice garden,’ is so named because its iron rich slate is red, and produces notably spicy wines. With its gradient of 70 degrees the Würzgarten is incredibly difficult to farm, as is the Erdener Treppchen, immediately adjacent to the Würzgarten. Because of the sheer steepness of these sites, the majority of Christoffel’s plantings are over 100 years old and on their original rootstock. The star system on Christoffel’s labels represents specific parcels, which are vinified separately.

Eymael continues the legacy of winemaking that drove the estate to prestige under Hans Leo, in a style that maximizes clarity: whole cluster pressing, slow and cool fermentation in fuder, racking immediately off the gross lees followed by a short time on fine lees and early bottling to preserve the freshest of fruit characters indicative to Mosel typicity.

Grape / Blend
Riesling

Origin
Mosel, Germany

Tasting Notes
Ürziger Würzgarten is an iconic Mittel Mosel site, famous for it’s red sandstone soil covered by red slate over a large and steep amphitheater. Typically wines from this site tend to be the more spicy, tropical and richer then those from neighboring villages and sites.

92 Points - Wine Spectator
Distinctive, with a crunchy texture and flavors of cranberry and lemon curd that mingle with chamomile notes. The engaging acidity provides support to the ripe fruit and drives this to a persistent finish, featuring hints of lavender honey. Drink now through 2024.

91 Points - James Suckling
Very distinctive with a wild strawberry note and a super-crisp acidity. Although this has some obvious sweetness, the finish is very clean and only just off-dry. Drink any time during the next five to 10 years.

Product size: 750ml

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