Weinwelt 5/2011, Aug-Sep, Riesling Tasting - Top wines of v2010

We have received the results of the "Weinwelt" magazine tasting with happyness and proudness. Two of our Riesling wines count to the best Rieslings of the vintage 2010. A jury of experts selected out of 1100 wines two from our Estate.

Riesling 2010 - Top wines of v2010

Weinwelt 05/11, Aug-Sep

"More than 1100 Rieslings were placed on the tasting bar...A team of 68 wine experts examined carefully all wines over a week. Today we present you the top 200. Great wines for a pure and fresh drinking pleasure."


Weinwelt 2/2009, Feb-Mar, The great Pinot special

Elegant Pinots from Germany – a tasting marathon with almost 1200 wines.

Our Pinot Blanc was chosen by "Weinwelt" magazine as among the best wines in the under 5 Euro price category. It scored 85 out of a possible 100 points.

2007 Klüsserather St. Michael Pinot Blanc, dry, 13%vol.

"aromatic, floral, pale, fruity and peppery; a rather rich type for the Mosel, full-bodied, rounded and mature, but with style"



High marks for Pinot Blanc from the Mosel/Saar Region

Wines produced from varieties of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grapes from the Mosel and Saar received very good ratings in a review conducted by "Weinwelt" magazine (Meininger Publications) in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. As reported by Moselwein in Trier, the wine magazine tasted 120 wines made from Pinot varieties cultivated in German wine-growing regions.

According to the current issue of „Weinwelt“, three Pinot Blancs and a Pinot Gris from the Mosel varieties are among the best wines under 5 Euro: the 2007 Rioler Römerberg Dry Pinot Blanc from the Schmitt-Kranz estate (Riol), the 2007 Nitteler Gipfel Dry Pinot Blanc from the Hubertus M. Apel estate (Nittel), the 2007 Klüsserather St. Michael Pinot Blanc from the Kollmann-Lex estate (Detzem) and the 2007 Dry Pinot Gris from the Moselland eG winemaking cooperative.

In the under 10 Euro category, two Pinot Blancs from the Saar and the Mosel came out on top: The Willems-Willems estate from Konz-Oberemmel on the Saar received the best score of all the participating estates and producers from the Mosel and the Saar for its 2007 Dry Pinot Blanc, closely followed by the 2007 Nitteler Rochusfels Dry Pinot Blanc from the Karl Sonntag estate in Nittel. In the "Chardonnay" category, the Rosenhof estate (Maring-Noviand) was amongst the winners with its 2007 Chardonnay Dry Late Harvest.

The 2006 Oberemmeler Karlsberg Dry Pinot Blanc from the Agritiushof estate (Konz-Oberemmel), the 2007 Pinot Blanc Late Harvest from the Rosenhof estate (Maring-Noviand) and the 2007 Nitteler Rochusfels Dry Pinot Gris from the Hubertus M. Apel estate were also rated highly.

Reviewing the results, Ansgar Schmitz from Moselwein e.V. said, "The tasting showed that our wine growers are also producing outstanding wines from Pinot varieties alongside the Riesling and at an excellent price-quality ratio". Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as the related varieties of Chardonnay and Auxerrois, are grown on barely 5% of the total acreage of the wine region, which is renowned worldwide for its characteristic Rieslings grown on steep slopes. In recent years however, the Pinot varieties have become an important addition to the range of wines of many wine growing estates in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer.

A Riesling Auslese makes the running

It was the crowning moment of the 20th Detzem Riesling Festival: A major vintage tasting event with 18 selected wines from 2006. In the presence of Mosel Wine Queen Katja Fehres and Chief Administrative Officer Günther Schartz, around 200 attendees crowned a Riesling Auslese as the public’s favourite.

Chief Administrative Officer Günther Schartz together with his wife (right) and District Mayor Berthold Biwer (second from left) enjoyed the wines at the Detzem Wine Tasting. Photo: Michael Merten

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The 2007 wine tasting welcomed a special guest: Katja Fehres, the only Wine Queen holding two titles in one reign. Due to the renaming of the wine growing region "Mosel-Saar-Ruwer" to "Mosel", the Wine Queen has held the new title of "Mosel Wine Queen" since 1st August.

"I’ll have to cross out the words Saar and Ruwer on my official car ", said Fehres. She presented the wine tasting together with Matthias Porten from Mosel Rural District Services, at which wines from Detzem and Thörnich were tasted.

They began with a Pinot Sekt and a dry Pinot Blanc, followed by dry and off-dry Rieslings, then mostly Late Harvests with Auslese to finish. The Rieslings clearly dominated the testing, but the ladies of the Detzem Wine Growers Dance Group also served a Rivaner and a Pinot Noir.

Among the guests were District Mayor Berthold Biwer, Wine Queen of the Römischen Weinstraße (Roman Wine Route) Andrea Rosch together with Princess Katharina Schmitt as well as Chief Administrative Officer Günther Schartz, who was visibly impressed by the wine tasting and congratulated the people of Detzem: "You have held a very successful wine tasting with high quality wines right across the board." The masters of ceremonies, Porten, Katja Fehres and Wolfgang Linden offered a wonderful commentary on the wine tasting, adding their own brand of humour throughout the day.

Porten dressed as a vine fretter and serenaded the audience to wild applause. When all the wines had been tasted, a jury added up the score sheets from attendees who were able to award points to the wines. The winning winegrower, Josef Kollmann from the Kollmann-Lex estate, received a certificate from Town Mayor Albin Merten.

His Riesling Auslese from the Detzem Maximiner Klosterlay vineyard scored the most points.

Weinwelt 5/2007, Aug-Sep., Riesling 2006

Around 1000 wines from all winegrowing regions of Germany were tasted and evaluated by an expert jury. Our Riesling Auslese finished amongst the 300 best wines.

With 86 out of a possible 100 points, our wine is amongst the top Rieslings from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer.

2006 Detzem Maximiner Klosterlay, Riesling Auslese, 8% vol.

"a liquid honey sandwich: a fully sweet, well-balanced Auslese with a honey-type aroma"

Mosel Riesling – heading for First Class

A big success for the Kollmann-Lex estate from Detzem: Daughter Bianca Kollmann presents the wine which will be offered by Lufthansa in First Class from November.

When the postman stands at the door, we know that he is not always the bearer of good news. This was not however the experience of Josef Kollmann on 14th April when he was handed a letter from Lufthansa Product Management.

The winegrower from Detzem recalls: "Not everyone receives news as good as this.” The global airline group had placed an order for a sweet Auslese from him which they will serve in First Class and Business Class from November.

120 wines tasted in total

In December, the wine broker who manages the Kollmann-Lex family estate with his wife Rita took part in a tendering process for a Lufthansa contract. This selection process has been used since 1995 in conjunction with Land Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate).

On this occasion a request was made for Rheinland-Pfalz wines in three categories: A dry Late Harvest, a dry Dornfelder and a sweet white wine. During the selection tasting, a total of 120 wines were tasted blind, among them the sweet Auslese from Detzem.

The Rheinland-Pfalz Minister of Viticulture, Hans-Artur Bauckhage, sat alongside world champion sommelier Markus del Monego on the jury.

"Through their cooperation with the Land (Region), Lufthansa can be sure of offering their passengers first class wines”, the minister reiterated.

In the jury’s opinion, number one amongst the sweet harvest was a Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese from the Bernkastel Wegeler estate, which will be served from June to November. The Detzem Auslese secured second place and will thus be offered from November to early 2005.

The 2003 Riesling originates from Detzem's premier vineyard Maximiner Klosterlay. "These steep slopes are characterised by a fine-grained and light weathered Devon slate soil, which bring out the elegant qualities of the Riesling”, explains winegrower Kollmann.

Town Mayor Hans-Peter Hoffmann also said he was delighted about the award of the contract by Lufthansa to the winegrower. Today as before, Hoffmann stressed, Detzem remains a winegrowing village. He went on to quote a key statistic: In addition to the 35 main commercial winegrowers there are a further 25 wine farmers, who supplement their main income through production of a high-quality harvest.

These excellent wines can of course be sampled. Two opportunities to do so fall on 12th and 13th June at the "ProWEINnade” wine festival on the banks of the Mosel and at the Riesling festival on the first weekend in August.