Clemens Busch, Riesling Vom Blauen Schiefer 2018 Bottle size: 750mlGermany, Mosel
‘This had been bottled only two days before my late November 2019 tasting session (typically late blending and bottling being the reason why in some years, as with vintage 2017, I miss out on tasting Busch’s “blue slate” cuvée). Fresh apple and cherry are wreathed in thyme on the nose, then come to the palate with a silky impression of lees inflection as well as generous juiciness. Seed and pit piquancy, floral and herbal pungency and a kiss of wet stone serve for delightful counterpoint on a lusciously lingering finish. (Busch presented this to me after serving its gray and red slate counterparts, and also following the vineyard-designated Nonnengarten, a progression that makes sense given these wines’ respective quality.) Drink 2019-2024.’ – David Schildknecht, Vinous, 91/100
‘As soon as you see three wines from three different slate provenances in immediate vicinity to each other, you feel intellectually challenged to spot the differences. The blue slate evokes associations of mountain stream and wet pebble. In the mouth the texture is very viscous, thus buffering the impact of the total dryness of this wine. Maybe there is some stone fruit in the background, but at the core we find pure liquid minerality with stony and nutty nuances. Drink 2020-2027.’ – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20
‘Busch's Pündeicher 2018 Riesling Vom Blauen Schiefer offers a pure, precise and slatey bouquet with herbal notes of crushed stones, while the tropical fruit aromas form a perfume rather than illustrating this dry Riesling from the Marieburg's blue slate soils. The wine is creamy on the palate, with a slightly bitter finish, and it doesn't have as much finesse and mineral freshness as its counterpart from red slate soils. The acidity is fine and leads to a long and persistently mineral finish with crunchy slate "tannins." The richness of the wine (13% alcohol is a lot for this style) covers the subtleness, which is also palatable but not the leitmotif of this 2018, but it might gain finesse with bottle age. Drink 2021-2030.’ – Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 90+/100
About Weingut Clemens Busch:
Clemens is the 5th-generation winemaker at his family estate and began using organic practices in 1984. Later a pioneer in biodynamics, Clemens Busch is now a role model for natural, but precise German winemaking. Unlike most of the Mosel region, however, Clemens focuses on dry, elegant Rieslings that express the complex terroir of this historic region. Their unique soils in the town of Pündericherallow them to produce many iterations of the Riesling grape. Clemens Busch is based on the 3 types of slate – red, blue and grey – each imparting different characteristics and styling.
|Blend information||100% Riesling|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Clemens is the 5th-generation winemaker at his family estate and began using organic practices in 1984. Later a pioneer in biodynamics, Clemens Busch is now a role model for natural, but precise German winemaking. Unlike most of the Mosel region, however, Clemens focuses on dry, elegant Rieslings that express the complex terroir of this historic region. Their unique soils in the town of Pündericherallow them to produce many iterations of the Riesling grape. Clemens Busch is based on the 3 types of slate – red, blue and grey – each imparting different characteristics and styling.|
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