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Müller-Catoir Breumel in den Mauern Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2007
Uber-Riesling! 'Breumel' is the wall enclosed vineyard that the great Gunter Schwarz always insisted was the greatest vineyard of the Mittelhaardt (the central Pfalz). The fruit here has been cropped at a very low 30hl/ha. The result is an unbelievably textural, mouth filling, exotic Riesling with an endless procession of aromas and flavours: rose water, earth, pear drops, jasmine, etc. Really pulpy textured and long, long, long. Stunning, powerhouse wine that needs some time. Not in the lighter, elegant mould - this is for when you feel like something truly full bodied and should be matched with richer foods: sausages, duck, Asian, mushroom risotto, etc.
From a parcel within the Burgergarten vineyard, this is an explosively mineral wine, layered with smoky, salty notes. There's ripe peach fruit, but it's more complex than that, also offering up hints of roasted root veggies, sweated carrots and onions. The midpalate is creamy, while the finish is long and tinged with mouthtingling limes.
Score: 92, Joe Czerwinski, June 1, 2009
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