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Dr Loosen Riesling


Dr. Loosen Riesling

The Loosen family has been growing Riesling and producing wine in the Mosel valley for over 200 years. Current owner, Ernst “Erni” Loosen, assumed ownership in 1988, embarking on a quest to greatly improve the quality and international reputation of the estate, the Mosel region, and Riesling in general. Today, Erni is one of the most iconic and influential winemakers in the world. The full range of Riesling styles is produced, following the traditions of both family lines: dry wines from the paternal Loosen side; Prädikat wines from the maternal branch (the Prüm family).

The Mosel’s climate and steep, south-facing slopes create ideal conditions for Riesling. With optimal exposure to the low-lying, northern sun, full flavor development is assured. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly, while retaining bright acidity. The region’s stony soil and rocky outcroppings reflect sunlight and hold in heat, creating ideal vineyard climates, which ensures excellent ripeness. Thin, rocky topsoil forces the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing vibrant wines that capture the strong mineral character of the soil. Old, ungrafted vines in it’s best sites, Dr. Loosen has vines that are up to 130 years old, on original rootstock (phylloxera doesn’t survive in the Mosel, so ungrafted vines are possible here). Old vines produce wines that are naturally more concentrated and expressive of their terroir.