The Dr. Loosen estate has been around for over 200 years and is one of the most recognized names for German Riesling. On the steep slopes of the Mosel, Ernest Loosen, who took over in the 80s, knew that his old, undrafted vines had the potential to be some of the greatest in the land. Ernest is a master of Riesling in the Mosel and has some of the most fine-tuned vineyards, which are tended organically with measures taken to reduce yields dramatically. Ernest calls 2019 a great year, with yields down over 20% from the long-term average suited for great dry Riesling, where the acidity was crisp with excellent alcohol levels that didn't go above 12.5%. The 2019 Graacher Dromprobst is a pretty classic example of the drier GG style with a very prominent slatey minerality, ripe stone fruit, with incredible precision and length. Loosen's GGs are energetic and pure, leaving a slight amount of residual sugar behind for balance and because he believes that the alcohol levels should never exceed 12.5% for Riesling. An excellent value for the category, the 2019 Graacher Dromprobst is a great buy from one of the top addresses in the Mosel.
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 94+ points! "The 2019 Graacher Domprobst Riesling GG is coolish and slatey on the darker-toned, aromatic, slightly flinty and very elegant nose that reveals perfectly ripe apricot and more lush stone fruit aromas with notes of slate oil. Finely classy on the the first attack, this is a filigreed yet substantial, tensioned and enormously long and salty Dompobst with a kiss of sweetness that should be entirely integrated after 5 or so years of bottle aging. Tasted at the domain in September 2020."
James Suckling 95 points! "Dark and earthy, but with great cassis and white peaches. On the palate both ripe and racy, the finish very long and beautifully balanced. Drink or hold."