Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken 2022
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Press 4 Mix/White • December 2023 Direct Press Selection
Clemens and Rita Busch are in many ways the ecological conscience of the Mosel. They became some of the first to become organic certified in Germany back in 1984, though herbicides had been stopped back in 1976. They began incorporating biodynamic practices in 2005. Those choices placed them at the forefront of the growing cadre of Mosel winemakers moving towards more natural, ecological methods. It's still a small group today: working this way in the Mosel requires far more work than in other regions given the steep terrain. The wines have a mysterious, seeking, haunting nature that resounds with brilliant echoes of slate-ridden vineyards at nerve-racking heights.
The essential expression of slate is remains and the cerebral soul still forms the core of these wines as in years past. The aroma of pungent, wet river rocks is matched with underripe stone fruit, lemon salt, and a big mineral punch of chewy texture on the finish. A vivid expression of dry Mosel Riesling that is often the gateway to the region for those used to sweeter styles. Jonathan Kemp