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Dr. Loosen

Dr.Loosen winery has been family owned for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen took control in 1988, he understood that with ungrafted vines of average age 60 years in the best vineyards of Central Moselle, had the raw material to create wines of stunning intensity and world class. To do this, Ernst drastically reduced the harvest and decided to use only a moderate amount of organic fertilizers. All six main vineyards of Dr.Loosen were classified as "Grand Cru" in the Prussian classification, dated 1868, before classification of Burgundy. In steep slopes with southern exposure of the Moselle, the proximity to the river creates an ideal microclimate forRiesling. Vines have an ideal exposure to the sun to achieve a perfect ripening. Cool nights, even in summer, keeping the grapes characteristic acidity, which is essential for a clean and lively Riesling. The river reflects sunlight and retains heat to help the grapes to mature and protect the vines from frost. The rocky soil of slate and the many rocky outcrops also keep the heat of the day and ensure the full maturation. A thin surface layer forces the vines to dig deep into the soil to obtain the nutrients,  producing vibrant wines of intense minerality. Since the phylloxera can not survive on the slate soil of the Moselle, the vines of Dr.Loosen have now an average age of 60 years and are still on their own roots. The old vines naturally produce a smaller crop with greater complexity and higher concentration.

Vineyards

Bernkasteler Lay (The Bernkastel Slate). It isthe vineyard with slater. Softer wines.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr (The Wehlen Sundial). Soil with blue slate. legant and sophisticated wines.

Ürziger Würzgarten (Garden of Urzig Spices). Red soil, vulcanina and slate. Exotic, spicy wines.

Graacher Himmelreich (Graach Kingdom of the sky). Combination of elegance and rustic force.

Erder Treppchen (Erden Ladder) Very steep. red slate. muscle and complex wine. Very mineral.

Erdener Prälat (Bishop of Erden). One of the most important vineyards of Germany. Red slate. Wines of unparalleled power and nobility. Its location between the river and the massive rocky ridges ensures exceptional ripeness.