C.H. Berres

Erdener Treppchen Grosses Gewächs Riesling QBA Mosel – 2019

Region: Germany - Mosel

C.H. Berres

The Berres family has resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, took the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage. Markus worked to effect one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history. Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate’s great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance. Carl Hubert’s grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig’s famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden’s Treppchen. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres looks enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Edener Treppchen vineyard in the Mosel. GG – “Grosses Gewächs” designate the finest dry white wines, take the name of the vineyard vs. the village, limit yields to below 50 hl/ha, must be hand harvested at physiological ripeness, and are released on September 1 of the year following harvest.

  • Exposure: South
  • Slope: Extremely steep up to 60º
  • Soil: Multicolored slate, deep soil structure, good water supply
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested on October 15, 2019
  • Maceration for 12 hours
  • Gentle pressing
  • Settling for 48 hours
  • Fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
  • Aged at least 4 months on lees
  • Racked and filtered
  • Stored in cellar at 13º C after bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Grown in the spectacular vineyard of the Erdener Treppchen. This “Grosses Gewächs” wine combines power with fully ripened fruit flavors. In the glass it opens up its pure Riesling character, a very floral orange fragrance paired with ripe yellow fruits such as mirabelle plum and dried apricot. A hint of lemongrass develops. Its taste is well balanced, very multi-layered and complex. The finish is longlasting and powerful.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 13.5%; Erdener Treppchen vineyard in the Mosel; weathered, multicolored slate soils with good water supply; extremely steep slopes up to 60º; designated Grosses Gewächs for highest quality dry white wine from prized vineyard with strict limits on hand harvesting, yield, and release; hand harvested and carefully selected; cold soaked and settled; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; aged 4 months on lees; stored at 13º C in cellar.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 7.5 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 10.8 g/l