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Wittmann Riesling La Borne Alte Reben 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
Germany
JS
99
WA
95
VM
95
Additional vintages
JS
99
Rated 99 by James Suckling
A selection of old vines in Morstein. Super refined, steely notes of flint and oyster shell with fragrant spices and delicate, white wild flowers. Sweet, freshly rolled pastry, fine lemons and grapefruit, too. This is so complex and quite cryptic for now. Impenetrable. The palate also delivers a very complex impression. Very layered and finely detailed with acidity that guides a stream-like fusion of stone-fruit and yellow-citrus flavors. Very compressed, very dense and very complete. A muscular expression of Morstein terroir. Best from 2026. ... More details
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Wittmann Riesling La Borne Alte Reben 2018 750ml

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JS
99
WA
95
VM
95
JS
99
Rated 99 by James Suckling
A selection of old vines in Morstein. Super refined, steely notes of flint and oyster shell with fragrant spices and delicate, white wild flowers. Sweet, freshly rolled pastry, fine lemons and grapefruit, too. This is so complex and quite cryptic for now. Impenetrable. The palate also delivers a very complex impression. Very layered and finely detailed with acidity that guides a stream-like fusion of stone-fruit and yellow-citrus flavors. Very compressed, very dense and very complete. A muscular expression of Morstein terroir. Best from 2026.
WA
95
Rated 95 by Wine Advocate
From the upper Morstein, the 2018 Riesling Alte Reben La Borne opens with a pure, deep and intense, very complex yet highly refined bouquet of ripe and concentrated Riesling berries intermixed with notes of crushed stones. On the palate, this is a rich and intense, concentrated and complex, firmly structured and textured Riesling with fine tannins and intense and dense, ripe fruit. 800 bottles produced. Tasted at the domaine in March 2020.
VM
95
Rated 95 by Vinous Media
After the penury of 2017’s mere 250 bottles, and despite the June 1 hail in this part of Westhofen, in 2018 there was enough La Borne fruit to fill a barrel. And although the 2017 certainly didn’t seem to suffer from tank upbringing, this 2018 probably did benefit from having been raised in cask. (As usual, the wine was auctioned and fetched a jaw-dropping price.) Thyme, white pepper and lemon peel inform a penetratingly pungent nose. These are joined on an almost severely concentrated palate by zesty grapefruit and tart-edged, piquantly pit-tinged greengage plum. The feel is firm but not adamant, and an impression of extract-richness reinforces that of chalk suffusion. The finish is mouth-shakingly intense and grippingly persistent, with bright citric juiciness and saliva-liberating salinity assuaging any sense of austerity that the wine’s pronounced piquancy and chalkiness might otherwise have engendered. Alongside this almost frighteningly energetic Riesling, the (likewise superb) Brunnenhäuschen comes off as positively gentle.
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size
750ml
country
Germany
Additional vintages
Overview
A selection of old vines in Morstein. Super refined, steely notes of flint and oyster shell with fragrant spices and delicate, white wild flowers. Sweet, freshly rolled pastry, fine lemons and grapefruit, too. This is so complex and quite cryptic for now. Impenetrable. The palate also delivers a very complex impression. Very layered and finely detailed with acidity that guides a stream-like fusion of stone-fruit and yellow-citrus flavors. Very compressed, very dense and very complete. A muscular expression of Morstein terroir. Best from 2026.
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.
barrel

Region: Rheingau / Rheinhessen

Rheingau in Germany is one of the country's most prodigious and well respected wine regions, with the south facing slopes of the mountains in the area producing Riesling grape vines of exceedingly high quality. The region has a wine making history which stretches back for centuries, and the wineries of Rheingau have long since mastered the art of expressing the beautiful, windswept and mineral rich terroir through their characterful white wines. With only three thousand hectares of Rheingau being under vine, the region is relatively small, yet has been home to many of the country's finest wines, and a large proportion of the most important viticultural innovations of Germany. Whilst Riesling is by far the most popular grape varietal in Rheingau, Pinot Noir is also grown quite widely, and today, many wineries are continuing to experiment with new grape varietals in order to make a wider range of wines.
fields

Country: Germany

Much has changed over the past few decades in regards to German wine. Long gone are the days of mass produced, sickly sweet white wines which were once the chief exports of this fascinating and ancient wine producing country, and they have been replaced with something far more sophisticated. Whilst Germany continues to produce a relatively large amount of dessert wine, the wineries of the south of the country have reverted their attention to the production of drier, more elegant wines which really make the most of the fine grape varieties which flourish there. Many of the wineries dealing primarily with the excellent Riesling grapes have produced some truly exceptional dry and semi-sweet wines over the past few years, and it seems the world has finally woken up and noticed the extremely high quality of the distinctive produce coming out of Germany today.
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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

Rheingau in Germany is one of the country's most prodigious and well respected wine regions, with the south facing slopes of the mountains in the area producing Riesling grape vines of exceedingly high quality. The region has a wine making history which stretches back for centuries, and the wineries of Rheingau have long since mastered the art of expressing the beautiful, windswept and mineral rich terroir through their characterful white wines. With only three thousand hectares of Rheingau being under vine, the region is relatively small, yet has been home to many of the country's finest wines, and a large proportion of the most important viticultural innovations of Germany. Whilst Riesling is by far the most popular grape varietal in Rheingau, Pinot Noir is also grown quite widely, and today, many wineries are continuing to experiment with new grape varietals in order to make a wider range of wines.
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Much has changed over the past few decades in regards to German wine. Long gone are the days of mass produced, sickly sweet white wines which were once the chief exports of this fascinating and ancient wine producing country, and they have been replaced with something far more sophisticated. Whilst Germany continues to produce a relatively large amount of dessert wine, the wineries of the south of the country have reverted their attention to the production of drier, more elegant wines which really make the most of the fine grape varieties which flourish there. Many of the wineries dealing primarily with the excellent Riesling grapes have produced some truly exceptional dry and semi-sweet wines over the past few years, and it seems the world has finally woken up and noticed the extremely high quality of the distinctive produce coming out of Germany today.