13 Generations and the World’s Steepest Slopes
Germany’s Mosel Valley boasts the steepest vineyards in the entire world, famous for pristine, mineral-driven, meyer lemon Rieslings — wines that will leave you refreshed and breathless at the same time. None more so than the wines of Grans Fassian — one the Mosel’s top producers. This 2007 Trittenheimer “Apotheke” Spätlese was our Master of Wine Matt Deller’s 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 a 10-year-old Mosel VDP wine direct from winery cellars at essentially the release price,” says Deller. “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.” $60 elsewhere. Just $39.99 per bottle — 33% off — on Wine Access.
Deller has been high on Grans Fassian for decades, noting, “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.