Clemens is the 5th-generation winemaker at his family estate and began using organic practices in 1984. Later a pioneer in biodynamics, Clemens Busch is now a role model for natural, but precise German winemaking. Unlike most of the Mosel region, however, Clemens focuses on dry, elegant Rieslings that express the complex terroir of this historic region. Their unique soils in the town of Pündericher allow them to produce many iterations of the Riesling grape. Clemens Busch is based on the 3 types of slate – red, blue and grey – each imparting different characteristics and styling.
Today, we’re offering a dry and an off-dry Riesling from the lovely 2018 vintage, which is being hallowed for its ripe, clean flavours underpinned by fine structure. While their dry wines are some of the finest, long-ageing Rieslings in all of Germany, the off-dry Kabinett is ‘picture-book… at a very reasonable price’ says Wine Advocate.
‘The wines are rather lean, elegant and very charming and are provided with ripe, lush fruit,’ writes Wine Advocate on their 2016 and 2017s with scores up to 98/100! Please contact Jolette if you would like to receive an offer on the limited single vineyards of Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Rothenpfad, Felsterrasse and Raffes. Look out for a tasting of all the Clemens Busch Rieslings in the new year.
Clemens Busch, Riesling Trocken 2018
From grey soils, this entry-level dry Riesling is fermented with indigenous yeasts in 60% used, 10-hectolitre barrels and 40% stainless steel. It is bright and arresting with discreet slate and lemon aromas. Light to medium-bodied, the mid-palate is almost creamy, with exquisitely pure fruit and a salty, dry and electric finish. Simply delicious. Drink to 2025. 12% alcohol, 6g/l RS and 6.6g/l TA. – Roland Peens (December 2019)
Clemens Busch, Pündericher Riesling Kabinett 2018
Also from grey slate, this Marienburg vineyard offers classic Kabinett styling with the elegance of Clemens Busch. Fresh white peach and figs, lead to a lush and juicy, beautifully piquant and racy Riesling. It is floral and citrussy with gorgeous salinity and plenty of mineral grip. Seriously structured and very long on the palate. Drink to 2040. 8.4% alcohol, 54g/l RS and 8.8g/l TA. – Roland Peens (December 2019)