Wednesday, August 5, 2009

1995 Mosel

P.S. Baumler Becker-Erben label

1995 P.S. Baumler Becker-Erben

1995 P.S. Bäumler Becker-Erben Riesling Auslese, QmP Wehlener Sonnenuhr

I've been looking forward to this wine for many, many months. Written about it often, too. Not only is this wine from what many would regard as the finest vineyard in the Mosel, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, but this is also an older Auslese, made from botrytised fruit.

After an hour in the ice bucket, the labels slid right off. Which is great, because normally I struggle with removing it, and inevitably rip an edge. Perfect.

Look at the colour. A 14 year old white wine, that looks barely 14 months. Light gold, straw colour, with a bit of transparency at the rim. Still looks so young. Wonderfully intense nose of honey, citrus, oily/musky minerality and a touch of creamy butter. Wonderful! I could smell this wine all day and be happy, without drinking a single drop.

On the palate, this wine is very rich, with lots of weight and texture. Silky, but with that creaminess evident on the nose. Honey and dried fruits, apples. Wow. This wine has length. And texture. And balance. There's sweetness, but everything's so perfectly integrated with age. Acidity is beginning to fade, but this wine was wonderful with food.

I have 2 bottles left, of this vintage. Now, if there was a wine I could drink forever - this would be it.

4 comments:

  1. I think you can order this wine online from LCBO...

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  2. Yes, it's offered on VintagesOnline. The initial release was 600+ bottles, so there's plenty out there. A bottle with this age, from this vineyard, and at this price really is rare.

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  3. I came across your blog because I was looking for reviews about the wine. Now I'm just debating how many I should order...

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  4. hahah, yes, mission accomplished! Thanks for visiting.

    This wine is drinking very well now, but I wouldn't hold onto it for more than 3-5 years. I bought 3 - one to drink now, the other 2 to be drunk within the next 3 years.

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