One of our favourite producers
Dr Loosen Wines
The Dr Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. Dr Loosen produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel valley. A full range of Prädikat wines is made from six grand cru single-vineyard sites. They owe their exceptional quality to three major factors, the exceptional climate of the Mosel area, the mineral-rich slate and volcanic soils and the incredible age of the estates Riesling vines.
It is such a versatile grape variety that it never ceases to amaze. In addition to its unmatched ability to capture the essence of a vineyard’s terroir, Riesling is one of the few grapes that are capable of producing a complete spectrum of wine styles, from bone dry to monstrously sweet. Fantastic wines which make ideal partners to Asian/fusion cuisine.
There are three categories for non-botrytis wines:
Kabinett: The lightest and most delicate style, from normally ripe grapes picked early in the harvest.
Spätlese: Richer, bolder wines made from riper grapes harvested later than Kabinett.
Auslese: Very ripe, late-harvested grapes that are selected cluster by cluster.
A few of our favourites
Dr Loosen Riesling £7.90 bottle - An elegant racy style of classic Riesling. The palate is off dry with stonefruit and honey flavours and a minerally lime character
Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett £12.95 bottle - Heavier and deeper slate producing rich textured wines
Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese £21.00 bottle - From the red volcanic slate soil vineyards. An exotic wine with spicy aromas and an earthiness, bursting with tropical fruit flavours.
Also in Blog
12 months ago, shortly after the destructive reality of Covid became evident, I wrote a piece for a trade magazine (recently uploaded to our blog here…)
in which I opened with the very real sense of helplessness and fear which I am sure I shared with the vast majority of the planet. At the time, it seemed almost like staring into a black hole, knowing that you had to take the next step but blind to whatever lay below. I remember thinking (and saying to anyone prepared to listen) that this was “our generation’s war,” we’d never experienced anything approaching global conflict and in 2020 we’d reached payback time, only to be faced with an adversary that responded neither to bombs nor white flags (nor bleach). Frightened for ourselves, for our friends and families and frightened for businesses and careers that we’d spent lifetimes developing, all we could do, it seemed, was to keep washing our hands and hope for the best.
Back in spring 2020, Chris was asked to write a piece for the Wine Merchant Mag, a specialist trade publication, about his thoughts during, what was then, an unprecedented national lockdown. Published in May, we present the text to you here-
In northern Spain, some 95km south of Bilbao and bisected almost laterally by the River Ebro lies Spain’s most popular and famous wine region, a region of some 66,000 hectares of vineyards worked by 14,800 growers and dominated by some of the most celebrated names in the wine world.
It started early on a Saturday in June. I’m minded to say that it disturbed my lie-in but it was way earlier than that that my phone first pinged to announce the arrival of a new website order. (I wonder if Jeff Bezos has the same app on his phone?). Ignored it, rolled over and 5 minutes later it went again. And again. And etc, etc. Finally, before switching the thing off, curiosity got the better of me and I opened up the online shop to find a stream of orders for a wine that I fell in love with 2 years ago but that we had failed to make much headway with – Coteaux du Giennois, Terre de Silex from Clement & Florian Berthier,