2009 Dr Loosen: Great Riesling

The word “great” is bandied around all too frequently when describing vintages, but the more we taste, read and discuss the 2009 vintage in Germany, the more we believe that it is truly great.

A particularly severe winter was followed by warm and wet spring, which continued through into June and July. While all this sun and water was good for the vegetation, it was the dry and sunny August and September that made the vintage. The dry weather continued through October and the harvest passed without interruption, with the team completing the main harvest at Loosen in four weeks instead of the usual six to eight.

This even, controlled ripening has produced beautiful Kabinette, Spätlesen and Auslesen, which deliver great expressions of vineyard. Overall the quality of the vintage is superb; Ernst Loosen compares it to the great 1989 vintage and states that excellent hang-time gave good flavour, density of fruit and a fine acid balance, resulting in luscious wines at all levels.

To view the offer of the 2009 Dr. Loosen wines, please visit our website.

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