Clemens Busch is a 5th generation winemaker and a leading biodynamic producer in the Mosel. Working in Pünderich between the middle and lower Mosel, Clemens tends the Vineyard of Marienburg made up of many parcels. The committee over sighted these parcels, tasked with classifying the area; they lumped all of them together, many in different locations and of different qualities, and put them under one name, Marienburg. Clemens has taken steps to revitalize the "lost" parcels by tapping into their unique individuality by using the individual names they were given before the classification. There are three types of slate that the vines are grown on depending on the parcel: grey, blue, and red. Each type shows its self in the wine very differently. For example, the Fahrlay parcel is a small waterside parcel and is the only blue slate location in Marienburg, imbuing a boisterous minerality to the wine. Clemens Busch's wines are known for their extreme longevity, and they love the cellar, which is why this is a special offer because there is already plenty of age here to start enjoying now, whereas the new releases need time. These are coming from the cellars at Clemens Busch, and he purposely held some back because he saw incredible potential in this wine which was austere in its youth but now is blossoming into a beautiful trocken Riesling. These are the only bottles available in the USA right now and at incredible pricing, available at the original release pricing and a much better value than the current releases, which can go up to $100. The 2015 Fahrlay Reserve is not-to-miss bottle for fans of dry German Riesling.
97 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate) "From blue slate soils and aged on the lees for 24 months, the 2015 Pündericher Marienburg Riesling "Fahrlay" Reserve displays a very pure and smoky nose with herbal aromas and clear, well-concentrated fruit that is still in the background. Fresh and piquant, with firm tannins and challenging minerality, this is a pretty austere and exacting Riesling with a firm but still a bit drying finish. The grapes were macerated for 36 hours. Clemens agrees that this is an astringent wine today, but he believes it will leave the Rothenpfad behind one day. Tasted February 2018. (Apr 2018)"
95 points James Suckling "Still slightly funky from the very long lees contact, but this is a stunning dry Mosel with beautiful peaches. A very long and mineral finish that suggests this has excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. (6/25/18)"
95 points Mosel Fine Wines "AP: 08 18. The 2015er Pündericher Marienburg Fahrlay Trocken Réserve was left on its gross lees for 24 months before being bottled (hence the AP number from 2018). This delivers an absolutely gorgeous, layered and refreshing nose of smoke, grapefruit, gingerbread, white peach and a hint of under-ripe pineapple. The wine proves beautifully refined and delicate on the palate and leaves gorgeously juicy and crispy feel in the immensely long and smoky finish. Despite its intensity, the wine manages to remain superbly focused and pure. This is a huge success! 2023-2035. (Oct 2018)"