CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
DR. LOOSEN
BERNKASTEL-KUES, GERMANY

The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. To achieve this, Ernst dramatically restricts crop size, prohibits chemical fertilization, insists on very strict fruit selection, and employs gentle cellar practices that allow the wine to develop its full potential with a minimum of handling

COUNTRY Germany
REGION Mosel
APPELLATION(S) Bernkastel (Mittelmosel)
PROPRIETORS Ernst Loosen
FOUNDED 1800's
WINEMAKER Ernst Loosen
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 17,000 cs
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Conventional

The Mosel’s steep, south-facing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the low-lying, northern sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly, while retaining bright acidity.

The Mosel’s stony soil and rocky outcroppings reflect sunlight and hold in heat, creating very warm microclimates in the best sites and helping to ensure excellent ripeness. Thin topsoil forces the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing vibrant wines that capture the strong minerality of the soil.

Dr. Loosen owns vines that are well over 120 years old, and all are on original rootstock (phylloxera can’t survive in the Mosel, so ungrafted vines are allowed here). Old vines produce naturally lower yields, resulting in higher concentration and richness.

All of Dr. Loosen’s six major vineyards were designated as “Erste Lage” — equivalent to grand cru — in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards: Bernkasteler Lay, Erdener Prälat, Erdener Treppchen, Graacher Himmelreich, Ürziger Würzgarten, Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Only wines from these top-rated sites are bottled with a single-vineyard designation. All others are labeled simply as estate wines.

Winery of the Year 2014
Wine & Spirits
2014-12-26
'Love Riesling? Meet the reason why?'
Wine Enthusiast
- Anna Lee, 2014-11-19
'The importance of being Ernst'
Decanter
- Stephen Brook, 2005-04-18