Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Weingut Max Ferd. Richter in the Wine Advocate

Stephan Reinhardt, writing for the Wine Advocate, has just reviewed the 2017 and 2018 vintage in the Mosel, including the wines of Max Ferd. Richter. We say definitely don't sleep on their Estate and Classic Rieslings, but the whole range of 2017/2018 wines show two strong vintages. Reinhardt says:
"The wines I tasted here in spring this year are fascinating and include several highlights, of which I'd like to point out the Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett as one of the finest Rieslings of the category I tasted this year. I highly recommend trying it." 

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. Throughout the estate, only all-natural fertilizers, sustainable farming, and hand-harvesting are employed. Vineyards are treated as needed so in some vintages some vineyards are entirely ecological. They use pomace, compost and stall manure as fertilizers. Application is in late winter and early spring. Overall, they are trying to minimize waste, water and energy consumption.

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