2020 Müller-Catoir Bürgergarten Riesling4260113871027
WINEMAKER: Martin Franzen
REGION: Pfalz, GER
VITICULTURE: Certified Organic
Riesling from the renowned Bürgergarten vineyard on the lower slopes of the Haardt Mountains. It's a site that is rated as Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) and was first planted over 700 years ago, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Pfalz. The topsoils of the Bürgergarten are sandy and deep with yellow sandstone bedrock below. It's a soil that brings power, perfume and an intense mineral freshness. Layered and powerful.
At a time when minimal intervention and the concept of terroir was still alien to the German wine lands, Hans-Günther Schwarz knew the score: you have to have an innate understanding of soil and site before you can make great wine. His legacy of low intervention viticulture and winemaking has gone on to inspire and educate a whole generation of young German winemakers, in the now-accepted theory that great wine is made in the vineyard not the cellar.