2017 Georg Breuer Rauenthal Nonnenberg Riesling Trocken MonopolRiesling from Germany
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Weingut Georg Breuer looks back on 130 years of history, beginning in 1880 when it was founded by the Hillebrand and Scholl families. Peter Breuer purchased the property in the...
- 93+ Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
93+ Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the deep, phyllite soils of this five-hectare monopole, the 2017 Rauenthal Nonnenberg Riesling is still a bit reductive and benefits a lot from aeration and a larger glass. Deep, intense and concentrated on the clear, elegant and stony-mineral nose, this is a highly noble, refined and crunchy Nonnenberg with a long, intense, salty, tensioned and persistent finish. Fine tannins and a healthy mineral acidity give this wine grip and structure as well as good aging potential. It's far from being ready to drink, though, and will benefit a lot from bottle aging. The best is yet to come here, and it should be pretty great. Tasted from AP #3.
Theresa Breuer continues to produce some of the Rheingau’s finest, purest and most elegant lean but complex dry Rieslings. Her iconic Berg Schlossberg from Rüdesheim is not the only super grand cru anymore. Theresa’s heartbreak vineyard has always been the Nonnenberg in Rauenthal, and in 2018 she bottled her personal love letter to this five-hectare monopole. The wine is perfectly balanced, even charming and playful, with a very long and salty finish that already drinks stunningly well. Already the second wine of the cru, the 2018 Rauenthal Estate Riesling is a stunner and highly recommended when you want to have a lot of terroir expression for a moderate price. Another favorite of mine is the 2013 Rüdesheim Berg Roseneck, which has 11.3% alcohol and reveals Mosel-like tension, grace and finesse as well as rich and concentrated fruit. This sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? It’s the wine, though, not me. The Berg Roseneck is actually an excellent mature Riesling with food, especially freshwater fish. The upcoming 2017 was not ready to taste, though.
-- Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
93 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
"I described this bottling’s village-level counterpart (i.e. “Rauenthal Estate”) as musky and feral in its twisted florality, and that goes double for this vineyard-designated offering. Nose-wrinkling narcissus and faded iris share aromatic billing with pungent lemon and lime rinds as well as with peat, kelp, sea breeze and wet stone. There is an almost charred, carboniferous mid-palate aspect that adds to the complexity and intrigue of a low-toned, darkly herbaceous and mineral personality, with citrus pip piquancy and sheer density underscoring the wine’s sense of grip. But at the same time, juicy citrus serves for its special sense of brightness, leading to animation and refreshment that carry into the seriously-persistent as well as mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish."
Weingut Georg Breuer looks back on 130 years of history, beginning in 1880 when it was founded by the Hillebrand and Scholl families. Peter Breuer purchased the property in the early 20th century, passing it to his son Georg (1910-1982) several years later. Georg renamed the winery, expanded the holdings, and started shipping wines to England and other European countries, building a reputation for the estate and the wines of Rüdesheim.
The vineyards are farmed using organic methods and are certified by Fair N Green. In the top sites, yields are reduced to between 15 - 25 hectoliters per hectare with 45 hectoliters per hectare for the estate and village level wines. Physiological and “aroma ripeness” are more important than must weight and the grapes are picked when Theresa and her team feel the fruit is perfect. Botrytis is avoided as the majority of the production is dry. Fermentations are natural or started with pied de cuve; fermentation and élevage is in large used barrels for the top wines and a mix of barrel and steel for the estate wines. The winemaking at this domaine is very simple and the results from these exceptional vineyards are clear – these are among the very finest wines in Germany.
93+ - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|