2015 Riesling Langenmorgen Grosses Gewachs


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Average Score 91.5

The 2015 Deidesheimer Langenmorgen Riesling trocken GG shows a very clear and coolish nose, with delicate lemon peel aromas and smoky flavors of wet stones. Lean, compact and very elegant on the palate, with a rich and intense fruit core, this wine is carried by a vivacious mineral acidity and a remarkable finesse. This is another complex and compactly structured Riesling classic for the next 10-15 years. The wine has a great purity and elegance, and the finish is salty, finesse-full, intense and very long. The alcohol is pretty moderate (12.5%).

After his excellent 2014s, Steffen Christmann has bottled another great range of 2015s. "2015 is well succeeded," he says, adding that "everything was ideal when you were able to be quick and punchy." Since the harvesting windows have become smaller and smaller in the past years, team Christmann was pretty big this year again--and that was crucial to get everything in before overripeness occurred. "We managed to pick 1.5 hectares per day," he says. Again, Christmann harvested all of his vineyards in only two weeks, between September 14 and 30. Grapes where botrytis was already on its way were kept on the vines during that time and picked no earlier than around October 10. "These berries turned from golden-yellow to pink and purple in a matter of 14 days," he says. These grapes were picked on one day and finally resulted in the very few noble sweet wines Christmann produced (Auslese and Beerenauslese).

From the 2015s, the Idig GG is again the first among equals, although stylistically slightly varied compared to former vintages. The fermentation and aging in Doppelstück (wooden 2,400-liter vats) took place in partly two-year-old oak, which has its influence on the texture and structure of the wine. Oak was also used in the Ölberg GG, and with less success maybe, the Kapellenberg Erste Lage. The qualities of the Langenmorgen GG and the Reiterpfad-Hofstück GG, as well as the Paradiesgarten GG and the Meerspinne GG, are outstanding, too. Whereas among the village wines, the Königsbacher (from younger Idig vines and lower parts with deeper soils) is again my favorite and a best buy. Jul 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2018-2027
Sherbet and ham on the nose. Straightforward fruit with a bit of chew, and light sweetness, on the end. Stolid and even a bit dilute. Aug 2016, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2017-2020

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