Clemens Busch – Mosel Riesling from 'Germany's foremost biodynamic pioneer'

Clemens Busch

Mosel Riesling from 'Germany's foremost biodynamic pioneer'

'Riesling is the greatest white wine grape,' writes Jancis Robinson, and the ultimate expressions hail from the steep-sloped Mosel region in Germany. Some of the finest, most pure examples of dry (trocken) Mosel Riesling come from the hands of 5th-generation growers – Clemens and Rita Busch. Clemens is 'Germany's foremost biodynamic pioneer' according to Vinous, and has gained a cult-following for his natural, but precise German winemaking.

Most of Clemens Busch's production comes from the famous Grosses Gewächs vineyard, Pündericher Marienburg – 80% of which is planted to old vines. Their vineyards are based on 3 types of slatered, blue and grey – each imparting different characteristics and styling. All these Rieslings have the typical Mosel 'lightness of being'. They are concentrated and elegant but electric!

As specialists in dry Mosel Riesling, you can buy confidently across the Clemens Busch range. David Schildknecht from Vinous agrees, stating that he has 'great admiration' for the 'dry side of the Busch portfolio'. Generally speaking, wines from red slate (roten schiefer) have incredible aromatic intensity with yellow fruit and a softer finish. Grey slate (grauen schiefer) gives notes of dried herbs, with a stony, mineral quality to the wine, whilst wines from blue slate (blauen schiefer) show floral, smoky and spicy characteristics.

As always, the Clemens Busch release spans at least 3 vintages. 2018 had a healthy crop and the wines are rich and powerful. 2019 was tougher in the vineyard and resulted in a smaller crop, but wines with great tension. The 2020s are crisp and more sleek than the 2018s, but not quite as powerful as the 2019s.

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