Röttgen, courtesy of Matthias and Beate Knebel

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The emergence of Mosel Wine Merchant was the most galvanizing event to affect the market for German wine in the past decade. Lars and Dan were intimately familiar with the ins-and-outs of their wines and were passionately devoted to their producers. They worked with a stable of growers who were all talented winemakers as well as wonderful people, and they changed many wine lovers' perceptions of what is possible with Riesling. Although Mosel Wine Merchant is no longer around, we are relieved that the growers have all found new representation and will continue to be available for purchase here in New York.

That said, with the shuttering of great companies comes...great deals! We all know how great the '08s, '09s and '10s are, and we're not going to see prices like these again. -jfr

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Knebel 2010 Mosel Von den Terrassen Riesling Trocken

Sourced from terraced vines in Knebel's plots in Hamm, Uhlen and Domgarten, this wine is a great example of Knebel's mineral-driven style. Broad but nervy and incredibly aromatic with notes of melon, green apple and savory herbs. The finish is insanely mineral, and is sure to appeal to lovers of slate-heavy wines. Delicious! -jfr

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Busch, Clemens 2008 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Grosses Gewächs

The Pündericher Marienburg is the primary site farmed by Clemens Busch and the separate bottlings such as Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Rothenpfad and Felsterrasse are all individually named parcels within the larger vineyard. This standard Grosses Gewachs comes from 30-35 year old vines. The aroma is unbelievably subtle: not powerful or rich but loaded with depth. Of course there's fruit here along with anise and floral notes, but they're singing backup to the intensely mineral lead. The palate is profoundly mineral along with the expected flavors of tangerine, white peach, apricot, decent extract and stunning purity. More restrained than the Fahrlay, but will also be hitting its stride sooner. -jfr

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Busch, Clemens 2010 Mosel Vom Roten Schiefer Riesling

As the name and the dark maroon-colored capsule imply, this comes from Clemens' red-slate parcels within the Marienburg. The aromas are fairly dark-toned but there are still some hints of Muscadet-like yellow fruit. This takes the mineral-rich elements of the basic "Trocken" bottling up a notch and has incredible depth, all while remaining quite subtle and deft. We loved the 2008s but the 2010 collection at Busch may well be his best yet. -jfr

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Busch, Clemens 2010 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Kabinett

Kabinett from Clemens! And what a deal on this racy, pure and strikingly forward wine. The grapes for the Kabinett come from the higher reaches of the Marienburg slope, the gray-slate sections that also provide the grapes for Busch's beloved basic Trocken. Given the provenance, you can be sure that it's going to be a bit more full than you'd normally expect for a Kabinett, but that's neither here nor there. The wine is so drinkable, so vibrant, so fresh, that classifications don't seem to matter. Take it to your favorite BYO Szechuan restaurant like we did and see if the bottle lasts longer than 15 minutes.... -jfr

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Immich-Batterieberg 2009 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

Not as dry or austere as the mineral-packed 2010, but also much more accessible now than that brooding masterpiece. Cooler toned than the more buoyant Escheburg, and a bit more focused. Here there's less red fruit, and more peach, green apple and citrus. A few hours after opening, the initial babyfat recedes and the more lean, sponti and citrus notes come to the fore. This demonstrates one of my favorite things Riesling: even though it's rapidly evolving in a seemingly incoherent way and it's too young to be anywhere near its peak, it's still really, really good! So often in the Riesling lifecycle you find that even if the wine isn't at its peak, it still tastes great. Lucky Riesling. -jfr

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Immich-Batterieberg 2009 Mosel Escheburg Riesling

2009 was Gernot Kollman's first vintage at the revived Immich-Batterieberg and the results were simply remarkable. This comes from blended sites in Enkirch and will most likely return in the 2011 vintage (2010 quantities were just a little bit too low). Not quite as intensely electric as the brilliant 2010s, this is still excellent wine: vivid, vibrant, sponti and savory and one that will be exceptionally long-lived. -jfr

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Immich-Batterieberg 2010 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

While we're more familiar with Ellergrub from the brilliant wines of Weiser-Kuenstler, Gernot Kollman here brings his unique talents to this noble site and the result is stunning. Slightly gentler and more approachable than the Batterieberg at this point as this has just 20 g/l sugar. It's showing well now but will only improve over the coming years. -jfr

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Immich-Batterieberg 2010 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

From the famous dynamite-derived Batterieberg vineyard in Enkirch, this is perhaps the most imposing wine of the vintage. Very tightly-coiled, this needs much time in the decanter or cellar to unwind, but when it does the results are magnificent. According to Dan Melia it is "chiseled, fine, balanced, mineral-driven, and just packed with flavor in a way that only 2010 can achieve." If you are choosing just one dry-styled wine to cellar this vintage, look no further. -jfr

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