Weingut Vereinigte Hospitien Riesling (Dry) Scharzhofberger Grosses Gewächs Trocken 2021
Glorious and historic vineyard...check. Germany’s oldest cellar...check. Winery founded hundreds of years ago by NAPOLEON?! Check, as well. This spectacular, dry Grosses Gewächs Trocken riesling is something special to behold, with a pedigree that is tough to beat! At our price today? Wow!
Vereinigte Hospitien. It's a typical German mouthful, I know, but just think of it as United Hospices...one of the truly great producers in all of Germany. These guys were literally founded by NAPOLEON back in 1804 as a social endowment strategically placed along the El Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and the Hospice of St. James. Their named vineyards go back to the Middle Ages, with their cellar dating back to 330 AD! That’s the oldest in Germany...by a ways. Their home base is located in the heart of Trier, Germany’s oldest city – in a former Roman Imperial residence at the center of Mosel wine.
This is from the revered site of Scharzhofberger – considered one of the greatest riesling vineyards in the world. The German wine control board, called V.D.P., designated this site as Grosse Lage – the very top classification of German vineyards. For reference, Egon Müller’s rieslings from this site typically sell for $250 plus!! We’re talking UNDER $50!!! BooYAH! This is further designated as “G.G.”, which is part Champagne “Special Club” Collection and part Burgundy grand cru...all Grosses Gewächs wines come from a Grosses Lage (‘great site’) according to the German VDP classification system overseen by a group of producers called the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP). Like the grand crus of Burgundy, these wines take the name of the vineyard and not the village. However, more akin to a “Special Club” Champagne, the VDP “G.G.” is an invitation-only, industry body numbering around 200 producers, and its rules are not officially part of German wine law. There are limited yields, harvesting methods, and overall grape ripeness requirements, and the resulting wine must be dry in order to qualify, with the wines being released on September 1st one year following harvest.
Low alcohol, ripping acidity, abundant minerality, and perfectly ripe fruits really make everything POP in this spectacular bottling! Bursting with a bushel of orchard fruits – apples, pears, golden plums, with flinty river rocks, orange blossom, white pepper, and zip, vim, and electric vivacity! This is a treat...and one that will age for decades, too, though we certainly wouldn’t blame you for opening up a few bottles now...it’s that good. We’re the only folks in the country to have this spectacular wine, so load up and thank us later!
PAIRING IDEAS: Recently, I tasted one of my all-time favorite scallop preparations...and I was dreaming of a wine like this to complement it! Scallop crudo, with some lime zest, matcha salt, a few drops of pumpkin seed oil, and a base puree of braised green apples and celeriac. Simply divine. If you don’t feel up to recreating this at home, no bother...try this scallop crudo instead!