CLEMENS BUSCH ROTHENPFAD MARIENBURG RIESLING GG ROTHENPFAD 15
The Clemens Busch story, at least for the purposes of our selection, is essentially a story centred on the Pündericher Marienburg Grosse Lage (Grand Cru vineyard). Rita and Clemens Busch own 15 Ha of vineyard on the banks of the Mosel opposite their home village of Pünderich at the start of the Terrassenmosel, the vast majority of which is located in the southsouth east facing Marienburg. This is a relatively sizeable vineyard, which was reduced in size a little when the Busch family joined the VDP. “Prior to the new winemaking laws of the 1970s, this area was comprised of many small individual vineyard sites. The individual names of the sites had their justifications, due to the different wines they yielded.” Differing slate soils and unique micro-climates play a large role in winemaking. In order to differentiate the Marienburg's individual plots, the Busch family has used the corresponding historical names to describe the individual wines such as: Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Raffes, and Rothenpfad. The Marienburg vineyard has been farmed organically since 1986, and biodynamically since 2005. It is predominantly composed of grey slate, although there are plots of blue and red slate present. Both dry and fruit sweet wines are made. The capsule colour gives a clue to the colour of slate in the plot (except in the case of the Spätlese Goldkapsel of course …). All the wines are 750ml bottles unless stated.
Source - Oh So Pretty Wines
Beautifully mineral Mosel riesling grown on Red Slate (as designated by the red capsule on the bottle) - the Rothenpfad is a plot of just over 1 ha of ungrafted vines up to 85 years old.