C.H. Berres

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Mosel – 2010

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

Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard in the Mosel.

  • Exposure: South
  • Slope: Extremely steep up to 60º
  • Soil: Rotliegendes (“underlying red”), red clay, with weathered sandstone and weathered slate, low pH
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested, very carefully selected 100% botrytised grapes October 26 – 29, 2010
  • Cold soak for 48 hours
  • Gently pressed
  • Cold settled 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

Our sugar baby! This dried-berry selected wine is made from the choicest botrytised raisins in the Ürziger Würzgarten site. It is the pure essence of the slow and gently pressed dried grapes, golden in color with an oily, honey-like viscosity. The nose is very clean, fresh and powerful with the elegant character of Botrytis, concentrated dry fruits and honey. Each sip coats the whole mouth, the finish lasts for minutes! Intense acidity refreshes the palate.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 6%; Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard in the Mosel; Rotliegendes (“underlying red”) soils of red clay, weathered sandstone and weathered slate, low pH; extremely steep slopes up to 60º; hand harvested, very carefully selected 100% botrytised grapes; 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: 6%
  • Total Acidity: 17.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 320.0 g/l

Reviews

95 Points

A rich, buttery aroma leads to a vibrant, luxuriant mix of ripe apricot, peach and kiwifruit flavors that are flanked by notes of smoke and spice. Velvety and lush on the finish, which is filled with notes of cream and golden raisin. Drink now through 2050. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Wine Spectator, March, 2012