Wine Guide

Grunhauser Abtsberg Spatlese


Documents of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Maximin of Trier state that Riesling has been grown on the Maximin Grünhaus site since at least the year 966, although the discovery of Roman winemaking artifacts on the site suggest that wine was produced at the site since the 2nd century.  The wines of Maximin Grünhaus have been both historic and modern reference points for German Riesling, owing to the unique quality of their vineyard site, and the fact that over the centuries it has benefited not only from being well-situated, but has had a succession of obsessive, quality-focused owners.  In continuous operation for over a thousand years, the Maximin Grünhaus estate has been overseen since the early 1980’s by Dr. Carl von Schubert, whose uncompromisingly high standards have upheld the reputation of the winery as one of the world’s best producers of Riesling. 

This is how the winery describes this wine – “Abtsberg is the premier site on the Grunhaus hillside, it’s deep blue slate adding an extra dimension to the Riesling grown here. High toned aromas of white peach, Bosq pear, lime juice and sweet chives. Classic Spatlese sweetness with flavors redolent of dried apricot, guava, and a distinct herbal/smoky character. “

“This moves up a gear from the Herrenberg in terms of concentration. This offers a very intense, lime and herb nose and fresh minerals, delivering a very harmonious impression. The depth and sense of seamlessness here is incredible. This has a super pure feel with juicy and intensely ripe fruit on offer. Such length and purity. Drink over two decades.” – 96 Points, James Suckling

“The 2018 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese opens intense yet pure and floral/herbal on the nose, with delicate yet intense dark flinty slate aromas. The palate is lush, round and highly stimulating with its delicate, crystalline and salty acidity, which lends remarkable finesse and length. This is delicious and fabulous in its weightless but nobly refined character and endlessly salty, playful but also long and mineral finish.” – 95 Points, Robert Parker

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