MAX FERDINAND RICHTER

Mosel, Germany

MAX FERDINAND RICHTER

Mosel, Germany

Wine Maker: Dr. Dirk Richter

Max Ferd. Richter has been producing Riesling in the Mosel since 1680. The Richter wines exude great class and breeding along with their classical Mosel raciness, fruitiness and mineral complexity.

This Estate relies purely on must weight, not residual sugar, for the quality, extract and grip which makes Richter not only one of the most exciting estates in Germany, but one of the finest exponents of Riesling anywhere in the world.

Recent vintages have provided an unusually good run; the 2000s are lovely even though this was a difficult year in the vineyard and shows how resilient the noble Riesling grape is on the steep slate slopes of the magnificent Mosel.

The sensational 2001s and 2002s are the best vintages since 1959, and finally prove that Riesling has climbed back on to the mantle where it so richly deserves to be. The super-concentrated 2003s from the hottest, earliest driest vintage on record where you can buy Kabinett level wines harvested at Auslese must weights. Then there are the delightfully bracing 2004s – a classical Mosel vintage showing bright zesty fruit and juicy mineral extract whilst performing the knife-edge Mosel balancing act.

Hot on the heels of this great run of vintages is the superlative 2005 vintage, which has the exotic ripeness of the 2001s and the mineral acidity of the 2004s! The 2006 vintage in the Mosel produced yields lower than both the 2005 and 2003 and Oechsle levels higher than both 2005 and 2003.

In 2008 the Mosel returned some classic dancing Kabinett’s. They are wines which literally dance in your mouth with mineral and crystal-like clarity. The balancing act is superb; crunchy fruit characters, lip-smacking acidity and mineral laden wines which are eminently glugable and very affordable.

Amazingly the ripeness and high degree of the fruity tartaric acidity is such that these wines show great harmony and have the necessary structure to age gracefully for many years.

One of the great contributing factors for this brilliantly vibrant vintage is the time between flowering and picking which was longer than normal. This allowed the grapes to slowly build their fresh high mineral tartaric acidity and compares very favorably with the terrific 2002 vintage.