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Wine topic of the day – German wine regions – The Mosel, final part

This month, we’ve concentrated on the Mosel region of Germany. I hope that the previous posts have given you a broad overview of he region and has inspired you to investigate further.  I avoided getting too specific about the high end “dessert wines” of Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswine, mainly because I rarely get to drink them, since they’re way out of my price range. Let’s just say that they are highly concentrated, almost syrupy sugarbombs (in a good way). If  you’re interested in them, and your pocketbook allows, you can google and get some specific flavor profiles and recommendations.

Robert Parker has rated the Mosel vintages in this manner:

2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991

Mosel 97T 93T 91 92T 95T 76I 86E 92T 88R 91T 90R 94R 91R 87C 88R

Key: Caution  Early maturity  Tannic or too young   Ready  Irregular

He ranked the key turn of the 90s vintages as:

1990 – 96R, 1989 – 91C and 1988 – 92R

Keep in mind that Parker will change his rankings up or down later if the wine hasn’t worked out the way it seemed initially, which happens occasionally. This is his most recent series of ratings:

THE WINE ADVOCATE VINTAGE GUIDE 1970-2008 Date:05/13/2009

Now, I’d like to finish with some key winemakers and bottlings of the region, courtesy of “The Wine Doctor” (in no particular order). This doesn’t imply that bottlers not listed shouldn’t be on the list, just an acknowledgement of space constraints.

J.J. Prum

jj prum

Fritz Haag


Dr. Loosen




Egon Müller\


Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt


Weingut von Hovel


Markus Molitor

markus molitor weissburgunder 2003

Jon. Jos. Christoffel Erben