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2015 Heymann-Lowenstein Kirchberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs
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- ABV 13%
- Closure: Stelvin
Zesty fresh lemon and a quarry-dust-like suggestion of crushed stone on the nose set the relatively austere, pungent tone for this bottling, as confirmed by incisive mustard seed as well as glowing piquancy of peach kernel on a polished but firm palate. Fresh lemon juiciness conveys welcome refreshment to the penetratingly persistent finish. It will be interesting to witness whether this loosens up with some time in bottle, and I would give it a year or two before even revisiting. (As explained in my introduction, you might need a magnifying glass to find the initials “GG” on its label that testify to this wine’s being a Grosses Gewächs.)
David Schildknecht - vinous.com
The 2015 Riesling Kirchberg 'VDP Grosse Lage' opens with a generous and warm, ripe Riesling aroma intertwined with some herbal and iron lemon flavors on the clear and elegant nose. This is a full-bodied, charming, finessed and elegant wine with fine tannin structure and a dry and persistent finish. Still young, the Kirchberg will benefit from further bottle aging.
Stephan Reinhardt - RobertParker.com #229 (Mar 2017)
The fragrance is showing the acceptable face of spontaneous fermentation with vegetal aromas of elderflower and mint. First Riesling of the day and already the WOW factor! If there is such a thing as crunchy passion fruit, this is it, and rhubarb and sorrel lend a sappy green and invigorating edge. Lifted even more by an almost steely acidity.
Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com
This wine is rather reduced but offers a gorgeously flowery nose of pear and Provence herbs. It proves superbly elegant on the palate where grip and saltiness define the aromatics. Great multi-layered complexity already comes through in the long and airy finish. This is still very primary and in need of bottle age to balance out but this beauty will easily turn into the most complete and elegant expression of Kirchberg we have taste to date. This is hugely impressive and has even some upside potential. 2018-2025
Jean Fisch and David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines