Dr. Loosen Releases 2012 Dry Reserve Rieslings


NEWS: On November 1 we will release the 2012 vintage of our ground-breaking Grosses Gewächs Reserve (GGR) wines, including a new addition from the Mosel Valley’s world-famous Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard.

There are three wines in the 2012 GGR vintage:

  • 2012 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewächs RESERVE Alte Reben
  • 2012 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewächs RESERVE Alte Reben
  • 2012 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Grosses Gewächs RESERVE Alte Reben

With these wines, our Dr. Loosen GGR collection now encompasses the three distinct terroirs and the three finest sites of the estate — Wehlener Sonnenuhr (blue slate soil), Ürziger Würzgarten (red volcanic sandstone) and Erdener Prälat (red slate).

GG+R=GGR — The Dr. Loosen Formula for Quality

For winemaker Ernst Loosen, the GGR concept means GG (Grosses Gewächs — the dry wine from a Grosse Lage vineyard), plus “Ruhe” (“rest” in German) and “Reife” (“maturation”). To achieve this, the wines are fermented with native yeasts in large, neutral oak casks, and then allowed to rest for 24 months on the full lees, without bâtonnage. After bottling, the wines rest a further 12 months in the bottle before they are released.

The Genesis of GGR

With the GGR wines, Ernst Loosen returns to the traditions of his forefathers, who produced only dry wines at the family estate in Ürzig until the 1950s. When Ernst rediscovered the astonishing quality and longevity of the dry Rieslings produced by his forebears — particularly those of his great-grandfather, Peter Loosen — he set out to revive the culture and techniques of his family heritage.

Starting with the 2011 vintage, Ernst launched a new era of dry Mosel Rieslings with two Grosses Gewächs Reserve wines whose ageability, structure and complexity bring to mind the great wines of Burgundy. That first release included Alte Reben (“old vines”) selections from two exceptional Grosse Lage vineyards, Ürziger Würzgarten and Erdener Prälat.

“One of the best dry Rieslings I have ever tasted,” wrote International Riesling Expert Stuart Pigott about the 2011 Erdener Prälat GG Reserve in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Another prominent German journalist, Manfred Klimek, called the pair of wines, “…two of the greatest German Rieslings to ever come out of the bottle.” (Welt am Sonntag)

“From the beginning,” says Ernst, “it was always my dream to produce extraordinary dry Mosel Rieslings that would age every bit as well as our finest sweet wines, and could stand alongside the great white wines of Burgundy. With the GG Reserve wines, I believe we have now reached the level of complexity and structural harmony that we have been striving to achieve.”

To learn more about Ernst Loosen’s quest for dry GG Reserve Rieslings, see this video and/or this blog post.