Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Kabinett Riesling 2016


''Super-bright and crisp with beautiful balance. Just off-dry with a great, lemon-herbal finish. Better from 2018, but then at least a decade ahead of it.'' 92 Points, James Suckling

Dr Loosen has been in the same family for more than 200 years and its present guardian, Ernst Loosen, is one of the great characters of the wine world. He assumed ownership of the estate in 1988 and immediately realised that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany's best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Erni dramatically reduced his crop size and ceased using chemical fertilisers, preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. And, most importantly, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allow the wine to develop to its full potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.

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