13 Generations and the World’s Steepest Slopes
This 2007 Trittenheimer “Apotheke” Spätlese was my standout Mosel wine out of a blind tasting of nine, from the excellent 2011, 2009 and 2007 vintages. It's amazing to have the opportunity to enjoy an 11-year-old Mosel VDP wine direct from winery cellars at essentially the release price. This wine encapsulates the best of the Mosel, displaying springwater purity alongside wet stone minerality and dense concentration — a beautiful wine and one of the Mosel’s great Rieslings. Thanks to an importer transition, we can offer this wine that sells for up to $60 elsewhere at just $39.99 per bottle — 33% off — only on Wine Access.
Grans Fassian has been one of my favorite Mosel producers since the late 1990s. What I love about them is that while classically Mosel — with all of the slatey minerality, refreshing acidity and perfumed aromatics — they have a richness and density to them in a drier style than many other top fruity Mosels, making them great food wines.
Germany’s excellent 2007 Riesling vintage was an ideal year in which steady, warm temperatures allowed growers the luxury of picking at the perfect moment. The result was a bumper crop of wines characterized by “density with elegance.” Grown from Germany’s heralded 2007 vintage by one of the country’s legendary producers — 13 generations of the Grans family have been making wine in the Mosel for almost 400 years — this transcendent Riesling is a true joy.
Perched on a perilously steep slope on the right bank of the Mosel River, the renown Trittenheimer Apotheke vineyard is comprised of rocky, grey-blue slate soil. During the day, slabs of slate retain heat, then slowly release it at night, producing ideal vineyard temperatures in which grapes have ample time to absorb minerals and nutrients from the soil. The extremely steep, southwest-facing exposure of the vineyard provides vines with significant direct sunlight, leading to perfect ripening, especially in 2007.
Matt Deller MW
Master of Wine
Chief Wine Officer, Wine Access