Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Max Ferd. Richter in Wine Advocate

Stephan Reinhardt, writing for  Wine Advocate, has scored the 2016 vintage out of the Mosel. Max Ferd. Richter's wines do well in this challenging vintage, earning scores as high as 98 points. It's a credit to the Richters that, even with a 25% crop loss, they have still managed to produce a fleet of wines that will drink well now and for decades to come.

The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. Strict attention to quality and detail is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.

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