We look back at Dry Riesling in the 2017 vintage and share our list of not-to-be-missed vintage highlights.
As we warned early on, 2017 was not an easy vintage for dry Riesling. Low yields resulted too often into power and acidity into austerity. Harvest timing and local vineyard conditions often made the difference. As a result, no category is as heterogeneous as dry Riesling in the Mosel in 2017. One wine could be great, the next one rather average, even within the same collection.
While one needs to underline the heterogeneity, it is also true that the vintage yielded some superb wines with great raciness and finesse. In particular, Weingut Julian Haart, Weingut Immich-Batterieberg, Weingut Schloss Lieser, Weingut Carl Loewen, Weingut Markus Molitor (who delivered the wine of the vintage), and Weingut Van Volxem delivered some true gems.
The performance of Weingut Markus Molitor is particularly remarkable. It largely avoided the trap of power in 2017 and landed no less than six (!) wines on the list of highlights. Also Weingut Clemens Busch, Weingut Carl Loewen, and Weingut Van Volxem performed particularly well in 2017, with three different vintage highlights each.
The biggest positive surprise in 2017 was the performance of tiny and little-known Weingut O., which produced what is one of the finest dry Riesling of the vintage. The historic Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier continues their progress in quality. After 2016, this Estate also produce one of the dry Riesling highlights in 2017.
All in all lovers of intense yet precise dry Riesling will find many great wines in 2017, even if the vintage is not the homogeneous success.
We provide here the Dry Riesling highlights from the 2017 vintage (for number lovers: potentially 93 pts or more at maturity).
Our detailed reports on the 2017 vintage (Issue No 41, Issue No 42, and Issue No 43) will help you to navigate through the offers of Dry Riesling on the market as they provide detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates.
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