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Wittmann Riesling La Borne Alte Reben 2016 750ml

size
750ml
country
Germany
JS
99
WA
95
VM
94
Additional vintages
2020 2018 2016
JS
99
Rated 99 by James Suckling
The amazing thing about this wine is the way it marries its enormous power with a stunning freshness. If the finish of this wines doesn't blow your mind then either you don't like white wine or you hate acidity. Drink now. ... More details
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Wittmann Riesling La Borne Alte Reben 2016 750ml

SKU 901360
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JS
99
WA
95
VM
94
JS
99
Rated 99 by James Suckling
The amazing thing about this wine is the way it marries its enormous power with a stunning freshness. If the finish of this wines doesn't blow your mind then either you don't like white wine or you hate acidity. Drink now.
WA
95
Rated 95 by Wine Advocate
The 2016 Riesling Alte Reben La Borne is from a special (upper) parcel in the Morstein that always gives a special, extremely chalky character. On the nose there is a very pure, elegant, concentrated and herbal bouquet of perfectly ripe and chalky Riesling aromas. On the palate this is a full-bodied, rich and creamy but fine and highly elegant Riesling with ripe, lush fruit, fine tannins and lingering salinity. Its is gorgeous Riesling with great intensity, finesse and more flesh compared to the Morstein GG.
VM
94
Rated 94 by Vinous Media
Thyme, iris, Meyer lemon and pit-inflected white peach rise intensely from the glass, then persist inner-mouth as bittersweet perfume and animating juiciness. The feel is silken, almost soothing, while the wine's palpable sense of extract-richness pushes it in an almost custardy, anything-but-adamant direction. A mussel-like combination of savory meatiness, mouthwatering salinity and algae-like herbacity makes for a finish of utmost intrigue as well as seductively floral and fruity appeal, its peach kernel piquancy glowingly sustained without turning outright bitter. Morstein this may officially be by Einzellage, but Wittmann's Brunnenhäuschen always strikes me as wine in a very different key, not to mention more sensually alluring, even if this year it seems as though Wittmann's Morstein bottling (as my tasting note on that wine reveals) has taken a lesson in charm from Brunnenhäuschen.
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size
750ml
country
Germany
Additional vintages
2020 2018 2016
Overview
Rated 98-99 - The amazing thing about this wine is the way it marries its enormous power with a stunning freshness. If the finish of this wines doesn't blow your mind then either you don't like white wine or you hate acidity. Drink now. - James Suckling
green grapes

Varietal: Riesling

Riesling grapes have been grown in and around central Europe for centuries, and over time, they became the lasting symbol of south Germany's ancient and proud wine culture. Whilst the reputation of German wines abroad has in the past been mixed, the Germans themselves take an enormous amount of pride in their wineries, and Riesling grapes have now spread around the globe, growing anywhere with the correct climate in which they can thrive. Riesling grape varietals generally require much cooler climatic conditions than many other white grapes, and they are generally considered to be a very 'terroir expressive' varietal, meaning that the features and characteristics of the terroir they are grown on comes across in the flavors and aromas in the bottle. It is this important feature which has allowed Riesling wines to be elevated into the category of 'fine' white wines, as the features of the top quality bottles are generally considered to be highly unique and offer much to interest wine enthusiasts.
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Region: Rheingau / Rheinhessen

The beautiful region of Rheingau in Germany is home to many of the country's most characterful and delicious wines. With a wine history which extends back several centuries, the wineries of this region have generations of experience and expertise when it comes to dealing with their distinctive and flavorful grape varietals, and consistently produce wines which remain popular with global audiences. With Riesling making up for the majority of grapes growing in the region, Rheingau vintners make the most of the cooler climate and high levels of moisture on the valley sides to bring out the best flavors of this grape, as well as allowing it to express the finest features of the terroir. However, plenty of other Germanic and imported grape varietals flourish there, and today the region produces a relatively large range of excellent white wines which are steadily becoming more recognized internationally.
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Country: Germany

As in many Old World countries, the rise of viticulture in Germany came about as a result of the Roman Empire, who saw the potential for vine cultivation in the vast flatlands around the base of the Rhine valley. Indeed, for over a thousand years, Germany's wine production levels were enormous, with much of the south of the country being used more or less exclusively for growing grapes. Over time, this diminished to make way for expanding cities and other types of industries, but Southern Germany remains very much an important wine region within Europe, with many beautifully balanced and flavorful German wines being prized by locals and international wine lovers alike. The hills around Baden-Baden and Mannheim are especially noteworthy, as these produce the high end of the characteristic semi-sweet white wines which couple so perfectly with German cheeses and pickled vegetables. However, all of Germany's wine producing regions have something special and unique to offer, and are a joy to explore and experience.
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green grapes

Varietal: Riesling

Riesling grapes have been grown in and around central Europe for centuries, and over time, they became the lasting symbol of south Germany's ancient and proud wine culture. Whilst the reputation of German wines abroad has in the past been mixed, the Germans themselves take an enormous amount of pride in their wineries, and Riesling grapes have now spread around the globe, growing anywhere with the correct climate in which they can thrive. Riesling grape varietals generally require much cooler climatic conditions than many other white grapes, and they are generally considered to be a very 'terroir expressive' varietal, meaning that the features and characteristics of the terroir they are grown on comes across in the flavors and aromas in the bottle. It is this important feature which has allowed Riesling wines to be elevated into the category of 'fine' white wines, as the features of the top quality bottles are generally considered to be highly unique and offer much to interest wine enthusiasts.
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Region: Rheingau / Rheinhessen

The beautiful region of Rheingau in Germany is home to many of the country's most characterful and delicious wines. With a wine history which extends back several centuries, the wineries of this region have generations of experience and expertise when it comes to dealing with their distinctive and flavorful grape varietals, and consistently produce wines which remain popular with global audiences. With Riesling making up for the majority of grapes growing in the region, Rheingau vintners make the most of the cooler climate and high levels of moisture on the valley sides to bring out the best flavors of this grape, as well as allowing it to express the finest features of the terroir. However, plenty of other Germanic and imported grape varietals flourish there, and today the region produces a relatively large range of excellent white wines which are steadily becoming more recognized internationally.
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Country: Germany

As in many Old World countries, the rise of viticulture in Germany came about as a result of the Roman Empire, who saw the potential for vine cultivation in the vast flatlands around the base of the Rhine valley. Indeed, for over a thousand years, Germany's wine production levels were enormous, with much of the south of the country being used more or less exclusively for growing grapes. Over time, this diminished to make way for expanding cities and other types of industries, but Southern Germany remains very much an important wine region within Europe, with many beautifully balanced and flavorful German wines being prized by locals and international wine lovers alike. The hills around Baden-Baden and Mannheim are especially noteworthy, as these produce the high end of the characteristic semi-sweet white wines which couple so perfectly with German cheeses and pickled vegetables. However, all of Germany's wine producing regions have something special and unique to offer, and are a joy to explore and experience.