Wine Advocate 92 points - Very clear and floral with ripe, raisiny and complex aromas on the nose lead the full-bodied 2013 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Superior to a very juicy, racy, mineral, lovely straight and salty palate. Well structured and very expressive the tightly woven structure, gives this excellent Riesling a persistent finish indicating a very good aging potential.
Wines from this vineyard were originally destined for the table of the Abbot (or “Abt”) of the Abbey of St. Maximin. The site covers 35 acres, parts of which have been planted with vines for over a thousand years. The subsoil is blue Devonian slate and the hillside runs south-east to south-west, achieving a gradient of up to 70 percent. Abtsberg wines are characterised by a finely structured subtle minerality, a racy acidity, generous fruit and great delicacy. They are amongst the longest lived Rieslings of the region.
|Wine maker notes
|The Superior bottling is from old vines in the best part of the Abtsberg. It is fermented with natural yeasts in large oak casks to produce a perfectly balanced, off-dry wine that captures the purity and complexity of the vineyard. The name “Superior” is a reference to the estate’s monastic history.
|The historic Maximin Grunhaus estate lies at the foot of a long, steep south-facing slope on the left bank of the tiny Ruwer river, about two kilometers upstream from where it joins the Mosel. The estate belongs to the family of Carl von Schubert and is divided into three separate but contiguous vineyards: Abtsberg, Herrenberg, and Bruderberg. Each of these vineyards has its own distinct differences in terroir, which explain the unique character of the wines made at Grunhaus.
HISTORY OF THE ESTATE
The first documentary evidence of Grunhaus, then called “Villa ad Valles,” dates from February 6, 966. Emperor Otto I, heir of Charlemagne, confirmed a donation that had been made in the Seventh century by the Frankish King Dagobert. At that time, the buildings, vineyards and surrounding land had been given to the Benedictine monastery of Saint Maximin in Trier. In 1882, it was purchased by an ancestor of Carl von Schubert, who is the fifth generation of his family to own the Grunhaus estate.