C.H. Berres

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spatlese – 2002

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

Estate vineyard Ürziger Würzgarten in the Mosel.

  • Exposure: South
  • Slope: to 60º
  • Soil: Rotliegendes (red clay), weathered sandstone, red slate, low pH
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested, more than 30% botrytised grapes
  • Gently pressed
  • Settled for 24 hrous
  • Spontaneous fermentation using only indigenous yeasts in German fuder barrels
  • Aged on lees at least 4 months
  • Racked and filtered one time before bottling
  • Bottles stored in cellar at 13º C
Winemaker's Notes

A very traditional wine from the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard. It is a full-bodied, rich style Spätlese which is very nicely matured. This Riesling is very juicy, the residual sugar and acidity are well balanced. The wine has a good fruit, and offers a round, wellbalanced acidity. In the nose ripe air-dried fruits such as raisins and apricot, paired with herbal spiciness and green-tea flavors.

Pair with a slow cooked casserole of game meat such as boar or venison.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 8%; estate vineyard Ürziger Würzgarten in the Mosel; Rotliegendes (red clay), weathered sandstone, red slate soil on steep slope; hand harvested; more than 30% botrytised grapes; fermented in German fuder barrels using only indigenous yeast; aged on lees 4 months; racked and filtered once before bottling; stored in 13º C cellar.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 8%
  • Total Acidity: 7.6 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 60.0 g/l