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Markus Molitor Riesling Wehlener Klosterberg Auslese*** Green Capsule 2018  - First Bottle


99 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Riesling Wehlener Klosterberg Auslese *** (Green Capsule) is very clear and openly fruity on the concentrated and aromatic nose, with ripe and spicy stone fruit and lychee as well as spicy aromas with coolish notes of crushed gray slate and flowers. This is another 2018 that reminds me of the world's finest Gewürztraminers due to the flavors, richness, mild acidity and perfect mix of tropical fruit aromas, mineral spiciness and very fine tannins. The wine is sweet rather than medium-sweet, but its crystalline and elegant acidity and aromatic intensity make this a spectacularly great 2018 with greatly deposed power. The wine already tastes dangerously good today, but it will develop at least as gorgeous as the 2003s. This could end up as a giant one day. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.

Technical Details

  • BlendRiesling
  • WinemakerMarkus Molitor
  • CountryGermany
  • RegionMosel
  • AppellationSaar Ruwer
  • VineyardWehlener Klosterberg
  • Farming MethodOrganic and Sustainable
  • Alcohol12.5%

Markus Molitor Riesling Wehlener Klosterberg Auslese*** Green Capsule 2018

Riesling  |  Germany

Organic and Sustainable
24% off retail!

“I don't think that any other producer is cultivating so many grand crus in so many diverse styles—from Kabinett to Auslese or even Trockenbeerenauslese and from dry to noble sweet—at least not on this mind-blowing level.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Eight generations. 37 hectares of spectacular vineyards spread across 15 classic sites from Bernkastel and Graach to Wehlen and Zeltingen. Extreme dedication. Highly ageable. Heaps of critical acclaim. These are all part of the Molitor legacy. We could post dozens of other quotes and raves about Molitor’s greatness in the world of riesling, but if you opened this email you likely already know.

Of the 110 different wines that Markus Molitor makes each harvest, this was one of our cherry-picked favorites of the 2018 season. 99 POINT Auslese from Wehlener's a good one! Tremendous to drink now, but with a hidden power and intensity that will gracefully unfold over the decades. We’re on board with Wine Advocate’s assessment: “This could end up as a giant one day.”

This site serves as Markus Molitor’s “home vineyard” as it lies immediately adjacent to their winery. The vineyard extends over a twenty-four hectare slope composed of weathered Devonian slate speckled with considerable concentrations of iron. The forest above the slope provides ample water supply for the vines below – allowing the grapes to ripen easily and maintain a racy and zesty profile while nevertheless maintaining an elegance underpinned by intense minerality. Auslese is considered to be Markus’ “bread and butter” sweetness level – the wines that earned him the nickname “Herr 300 Punkte” (“Mr. 300 Points”) when he received three perfect scores on his Auslese rieslings in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate review of his 2015 wines. That was the stroke that turned this German wunderkind into a living legend and, if anything, his wines have only gotten more refined and his practices more focused over time.

This wine soars with aromas of lychee, rambutan, papaya, and sweet Korean pears, with accompanying accents of wet stone, and white flowers of honeysuckle and jasmine. There is a crystalline depth and viscosity here – both complementing the existing flavors and whispering that the best is yet to come. A closely-knit structure, a piercing acidity, and a rich, honeyed finish – this is nothing short of a riesling Masterclass – and one of the finest examples of age-worthy riesling to be found anywhere in the world!

PAIRING IDEAS: Got to go Thai with this wonderfully sweet riesling - the spicier the better. Try some Kaeng Som, a spicy and sour yellow curry with fish. You’ll need the riesling to temper the heat, but it is a match made in heaven.

About the Producer

In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" in the tradition of eight generations and in the same quality that made the region world-famous 100 years ago. The wines are terroir-specific, unmistakable and extremely age able. One of our favorite Mosel producers here at First Bottle! The approx. 62 hectare steep slope facing south to south-east has a unique red slate weathered soil with a high proportion of rock, which is rarely found on the Moselle. Due to the special soil, wines from the ?rziger W?rzgarten are extremely fine-spicy, fruity, wonderfully full-bodied with a fine interplay of acids and a clear structure.