Its been a few years since we have started to work with the wines at Clemens Busch, and of the newer producers we have worked with have been one to gain one of the best responses. Clemens Busch is located in the Middle Mosel. He is one of the leading producers of Dry Rieslings in Germany, tending biodynamically to forgotten parcels of land that are part of one extensive vineyard called Pundericher Marienburg that spans a hill the length of the village. Many parts of the vineyard are dramatically different with unique soils and exposures. Clemens never thought it was right for them to all be called by the same name so chose to split the vineyard up and use the original parcel names to show each site's incredible and individual expressions. Fahrlay Terrasen is a terraced vineyard and is the only site in Pundericher with blue slate soils. This is one of Clemens' most mineral-driven wines that carries saltiness that the other vineyards do not have. The vines here are over 80 years old and have been grown organically since the late 70s and biodynamically shortly after. Clemens has a monopole on this vineyard after buying pieces from over 11 different owners, many of whom were not interested in farming the extreme slopes anymore. Fermentation takes place in very old 1000 liter barrels, some of which were made by Clemens father in law over 50 years ago. Clemens tends to release his wines later than many other producers and aging them on the lees for at least two years. As a result, this is still aging on the lees and won't be released for another year but will be a guaranteed way to lock in some very rare bottles that will easily be the USA's lowest price. Clemens Busch is a master winemaker, passionate, and very detailed, making some of the best dry white wines worldwide and his 2019s will be extraordinary.
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 93-96+ points! "Tasted as a sample straight from the gross lees in May, the Pündericher 2019 Marienburg GG Fahrlay Terrassen is a juicy, remarkably refined and delicate Riesling with concentrated, lush fruit and ripe acidity as well as a nice piquancy on the finish. It is very promising yet still not really representative since this is not the final blend."