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2014 Heymann Lowenstein Rottgen Erst Lage Riesling Grosse GewachsRiesling from Germany


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"The estate is located in the municipality Winningen (range Cochem, Mosel or terrace) in the German wine-growing area Moselle . It is owned by Ing agr Reinhard Lowenstein and h...

  • 94 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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"Once a "cornucopia of tropical fruit flavors and coffee aromas," (Reinhard Löwenstein) the earlier ripening 2014 Riesling Röttgen 'VDP Grosse Lage' opens pure, stony and deep, almost ethereal on the nose --revealing its ripe and concentrated Riesling flavors only with air contact, but also showing some refreshing green apple and ripe pip aromas. Full-bodied, rich and round on the palate, with a powerful structure and an intense and juicy texture, this Röttgen combines its fruity opulence with a delicately silkiness and purity; it has a long and salty finish with a lovely grip. This is another milestone of the estate. His 2013s were already great, but Reinhard Löwestein's 2014 Rieslings from Winningen and Hatzenport in the Terassenmosel are simply outstanding, and belong doubtlessly to the very best in the whole Mosel valley. They are all dry and much more precise and stimulating than in former years when botrytis was more tolerated than it is today. It's a miracle how brilliant and tension-filled the 2014s are, although there was a lot of rot as well in the Terrassenmosel. Since Löwenstein does not use any botryticides, healthy grapes zones are extremely important and need fussy vineyard work throughout the vegetation period. It's Reinhard Löwenstein's special provocative humor when he says, "2014 was an easy vintage: You just had to throw away everything that was brown. Most of these grapes were already vinegar. As a result, we yielded 30 hectoliters per hectare, whereas normally we aim for 60 hectoliters per hectare." The grapes were picked in small boxes (which are still rarely seen in the Mosel) between September 25 and October 28. We were 30 people and our selections resulted in no more than 1,000 liters at the end of each day." The boxes were cooled down before the grapes were being processed. They were macerated for 12 hours on average and pressed during eight hours before the musts were fermented with indigenous yeasts in 2,400 to 3,000 liter oak casks in between two months. They were kept on the full lees before being racked at the end of June of the following year, and bottled at the end of July. With young cellar master Kathrin Starker Reinhard and Conny Löwenstein, they seem to have a top solution for the future of the estate, which the couple brought up from almost nothing to world-class level in 37 years. Since their daughter, Sarah Löwenstein (whom I saw interning at Zind-Humbrecht last summer) has already signalized to take over the future of Heymann-Löwenstein, the beautiful modern winery between historic houses seems to safe. The domaine has somewhat reduced its holdings and cultivates 12.5 hectares of Riesling and a bit of Pinot Noir (see the spectacular Pinot co-production with Hanspeter Ziereisen that I reviewed in the last issue #222) in steepest, mostly terraced, horizontally lined vineyards with high-density planting in Winningen and Hatzenport."

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"The estate is located in the municipality Winningen (range Cochem, Mosel or terrace) in the German wine-growing area Moselle . It is owned by Ing agr Reinhard Lowenstein and his wife Cornelia Heymann-Lowenstein. This took over the estate in 1980 and converted it to an outstanding quality service. Lowenstein is one of Germany's top winemakers and is often described as "a rebel from the Mosel" because he has dedicated many years of an extreme and uncompromising quality philosophy. He coined the term TerrassenmoselThat the area of the northern part of the lower section describes the Moselle valley, which is characterized by extremely steep, terraced vineyards. The vineyards cover 14 hectares of vineyards in the first position VDP classificationIndividual layers Kirchberg and Stolzenberg (Hatzenport), and Röttgen andUhlen (Winningen). They are planted with Riesling, 95%, and small amounts of Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Elbling. Reinhard Lowenstein has taken the terroir , and vinified prescribed in his own words his wines with the aim of"creative synthesis of soil, vines, microclimate and the skills of the winemaker to condense into a unique, authentic sensory experience of wine." The wines are basically Spontaneous fermentation without the use of fermented yeasts. All artificial additives such as bentonite and Enzymes are rejected." Importer

Product Detail

Item # 97770
Country Germany
Region Mosel
Sub-Region Mosel

94 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2014
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach