Yearning for German Mosel’s Rieslings? Let Eva Clüsserath’s wines surprise you
Riesling needs more attention. Let’s wake up and start paying closer attention to the quiet charms of Weingut Ansgar Clüsserath’s Apotheke Trittenheim.
The Apotheke vineyards are part of the finest vineyard sites in Trittenheim, Germany. Located on the right bank of the Mosel, opposite the village of Trittenheim, the Apotheke soils of slate and rocks are perfect for Riesling. Add Riesling vines of at least 80 years old plus the expertise of winemaker Eva Clüsserath-Wittmann, and you’ll get the picture.
More than 20 years ago, Eva Clüsserath-Wittmann took up the reins of the estate that her ancestors had founded in 1670. Eva sees herself more as a “wine collaborator” than a winemaker. She works closely with nature in the vineyard and intervenes as little as possible in the cellar.
Eva Clüsserath-Wittmann’s wines are precise and lyrical. She orchestrates the top and mid-tones during the slow fermentation with the natural yeasts. The fine lees remain on the wine until summer, making them taste richer and gaining depth and structure.
The result is a wine with traceable minerals, lively freshness and layered fruitiness with stone fruits, apricot, apple and tropical mango.
Eva Clüsserath is a veritable phenomenon. Her wines, especially the wines from the Trittenheimer Apotheke vineyard, are among the best in Germany’s Mosel Valley.
Style – medium-bodied red
Grape varieties – Riesling
Vintage – 2018
Country – Germany
Appellation – Mosel
Region – Mittelmosel, Bernkastel-Wittrich
Producent – Weingut Ansgar Clüsserath
Winemaker – Eva Clüsserath
Alcohol – 8.5%
Vineyards – Trittenheimer Apotheke
Ageing potential – 10 years
Serving temperature – 10º to 12º
Score – 92 points
Website – Weingut Ansgar Clüsserath