2017 was a real labour of love for Clemens Busch, and the hard work this vintage required certainly pays off in this exceptional GG Riesling. A 'Grand Cru' expression that constantly evolves in the glass with pithy notes of grapefruit and lime, juicy honeydew melon and incredibly generous texture on the palate. The kind of wine that drinks well now - especially with a short decant - but will only continue to unfurl with more time in bottle.
Grapefruit, lime and honeydew are laced with mint and pennyroyal on the zesty, pungent nose of this bottling, which turns luscious and generously juicy on a richly lees-inflected palate. A radish-like sizzle adds to the invigoration conveyed on the vibrant, gripping finish, which does not forget Riesling’s primary duty to refresh.
Clemens Busch is a pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking in the Mosel region of Germany. From the 1970s, long before it was ‘cool’ to work in a natural way, Clemens and his wife Rita were already questioning the excessive use of herbicides and sulphur in local winemaking. They inherited their own vineyards in the mid-1980s and finally had a chance to put their ideas into practice. These vines let the results speak for themselves. Teetering on the edge of the hills overlooking the winding Mosel River, these vineyards are a paradise for diverse grape growing. Fermented using wild yeast, nothing is added to their wines at any stage – apart from a minuscule dose of sulphur at bottling. Charming and self-effacing, Clemens' winemaking is honest and refined, producing wines that are pure expressions of their terroir.