We have another otherworldly wine from the Biodynamic Reisling master Clemens Busch. The raffles was one of the first wines we ever tired from Clemens Busch, and it was one of the most memorable dry Rieslings we had tried up to that point. The 2019s are another stunning effort from this Middle Mosel Producer. Our last offer was for the Felsterasse, which is planted on a terraced vineyard featuring gray slate. Raffes, on the other hand, is from a higher elevated parcel of the vineyard Falkenlay, which is respected by the old winemakers of Punderich as one of the top vineyards, particularly protected from the wind. The Falkenlay vineyard itself produces a complex and creamy wine with ripe fruits and incredible minerality, and being sourced from the Raffes section of vines provides much more density and concentration. Remember, these are 70+-year-old vines grown on treacherous sheer slate faces, many of which are ungrafted and solely worked by Clemens after many winemakers moved to the valley floor because it was easier. The Rafffes and the Felsterasse are neck and neck for the top Busch wine of 2019 with Raffes showing more opulence and raw complexity. Another fantastic wine from this address worth checking out. Clemens sets the bar for dry Reisling and are wines that can be pontificated on for hours.
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 98 points! "The 2019 Marienburg Raffes is very complex, refined and elegant on the open and intense nose that indicates perfectly ripe, dense and concentrated fruit with a fascinating flintiness of crushed rocks and salt. Round and lush on the palate, this is another full-bodied and intense yet pure and refined, enormously complex and elegant Riesling with enormous power, elegance and finesse. Highly impressive, the opulence of this terroir comes along with so much purity, finesse and balance and gives this unique umami texture in the sharp and precise world of Clemens Busch. The Raffes is not really dry but at least dry-styled and otherwise perfectly round. Tasted at the domain in September 2020."