DR. LOOSEN ESTATE
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that he had vines in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards. To maximize the potential of those vines, he severely restricts crop size, uses only organic fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices with a minimum of handling.
Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.
BERNKASTELER LAY RIESLING KABINETT
Bernkasteler Lay is a Grosse Lage (grand cru) vineyard situated directly along the Mosel between the village of Bernkastel and the Dr. Loosen estate house. The rocky blue slate soil here produces richly textured, assertive wines. Kabinett is the lightest, most delicate style of Riesling, produced from grapes picked early in the harvest.
THE 2018 VINTAGE
The 2018 Mosel harvest was the earliest ever recorded, but this we also had an early budbreak and flowering, so the development period for the grapes was still within the ideal target range. The harvest was characterized by good yields, healthy fruit at the beginning of harvest, and very good quality. As the harvest progressed we were able to produce an excellent range of dry wines, as well as wines from every Prädikat level, from Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese.