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RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!

Hi Riesling fans,

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On my Germany trip I also visited Axel Pauly in Lieser.

We stood in front of the shop and tasting room and along the stairs where lavender and slate.
The lavender smelled so good that morning!
The first impression was set and was already wonderful before we even got to the front door!

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He came to greet us in his state of the art shop and tasting room.
It’s only 3 years old the building and renowned winery.

First he took us upward to the vineyards, because there is where it all starts.
He said you need to see it with your own eyes to understand it!
What is absolutely truthful!

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First stop was on a piece of vineyard where hi’s wife was working to remove some more foliage for the grapes to get ready for the last ripening stage.
That vineyard is planted with Fruburgunder which is a kind of Pinot Noir.
It is the first grape variety to ripen in the Mosel area.

They had a fan installed to hold back the wild pigs, they already started eating the grapes… And they were ready to hang the nets so the birds won’t eat all the grapes.
Nets only are not good enough because the wild pig’s suck the grapes trough the nets.
Because this variety ripens first it’s a problem to keep the animals off.

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The next vineyard faces the Mosel. And is so super steep…
He showed us that on the sun side the leaves are kept so the grapes won’t get sunburned and on the shadow side almost all the leaves are stripped so you have a good airflow.
Down the hill is a Roman press house, which is dug out and cleaned up for visitors.
This vineyards are true to the best vineyards further up the mosel and have almost all day sunlight!

He showed us how the old training system was on 1 post and the training scheme now on wires.

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After we went on back to the winery. He showed us the cellars, he has some oak bariques. A state of the art press, which he can temperature control and puts a gas on it so oxygen does not affect the grapes and most.
He presses the grapes very slowly and does some maceration for his Riesling’s, because the most flavor is in the skins and he want to extract as much as possible.
Else, there are stainless steel tanks, big and modest ones for the single vineyard wines.

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And so we got to the most important moment of the visit!
Tasting the wines!
His shop/tasting room is beautiful with sight on the vineyards!

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While we were tasting people came in just to buy some wine. He said this is a real big income. People who simply stop by, taste something and take some boxes of wine with them.
He want’s to export more to other countries and I support him in this because he has very good wines. And also real good for the Belgium market. Because he makes wines on the drier side and very pure.

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He’s bottle design is awesome! If you look at it wile the bottle is upright you see the landscape of the Mosel. If you hold the bottle horizontally you see 3 profiles of faces!

That’s his grandfather, his father and Axel himself.
It’s pure! Exactly like the wines. You also discover the purity in the building.
It’s altogether very well executed!

He told us that his philosophy is to create a drink flush.
So he want’s to make enjoyable, nice wines.
Also more high end, but really people just have to enjoy his wines.
Drinking wine should be easy, not rocket science!

We tasted a lot, I think almost everything he produces!
Amazing! All the wines were so mineral, also fruity, pure and refined!

It’s incredibly difficult to pick favorites here.
Ok, so I won’t.

I do want to give my note from a wine!

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The Purist Riesling 2014,
Which is very fresh, mineral, fruitiness of peaches, high acidity, medium bodied and has a medium finish. But is so light, fresh and pure.
This was the first wine we tasted and it immediately gives you the style of wine he makes!

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The Trink Flush 2015 is made of Pinot Blanc, Elbling and Riesling!
This wine has a little less acidity, is very fruity, is quite mouthfilling with a medium finish.
It’s what he described he want’s! A light, comfortable drinking, no fuss wine!

We tasted a great deal more, but again quite boring to read!

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What I found out is that a lot of wineries in Germany make a Secco.
I was like what in the world…. Is Secco?!
Well, it’s wine with CO2 added.
In most cases it’s a little sweeter with a high acidity, very fruity and quite affordable!
It’s really refreshing, easy drinking!
Also, Axel made a Rose Secco. Very fresh, red fruits, not very complex, but it’s not necessary for this style of wine.

This for the RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!
If you require any more information, please ask or visit the website: Axel Pauly.de

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Enjoy reading with a nice glass of Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Carl Loewen!

Hi Riesling lovers,

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As I said, I have been on a wine/Riesling trip to Germany.
Together with my mom, who was amazing help as always!

First, we visited the Mosel for 3 days and afterward we went to the Rheingau.

We visited a lot of Wineries and had a lot of explanations, as seen before:
Everybody does it different.

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About the Mosel I have found out that every village has a vineyard that is called
after a Sonnenuhr. Which at first was rather confusing…
But it all worked out well!

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The first winery we visited!

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Carl Loewen!

Karl Joseph left, Christopher right
Karl Joseph left, Christopher right

 

His son Christopher welcomed us and gave us an explanation of the winery, how they work and
a small explanation of the region.

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The winery is found in Leiwen on the Mosel a little beyond Trier.
The most famous vineyards around there are with no doubt the Ritch, Maximin Herrenberg, Maximin Klosterlay and Laurentiuslay.
A lot of slate in the vineyards, gray and red.

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The first thing Christopher said almost immediately is that “Riesling is made in the vineyard”.
Not in the cellar!
What I utterly understand!
So, the only thing he does after the grapes are picked is: press the grapes, put the most in tanks and let it ferment. They do not add yeast strains and there is no temperature control.
Everything happens naturally.

They too have some Pinot Blanc planted. This has become the second most important grape variety at the Mosel. Because also Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) reflects the soil in a great way in the glass.

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At Carl Loewen they use an Alsace clone Pinot Blanc. So they can create a little depth in the wine and it can handle some oak maturation. The Pinot Blanc is not made in a typical style from the Mosel.
A slight residual sugar, very fruity and let’s face it made as Riesling?!
They don’t do that here.
They give the wine a maceration, before pressing and the wine stay’s 12 month’s on the lees.
The Pinot Blanc is a very nice everyday drinking wine!
With white fruits, rather high acidity, very buttery and a touch of oak. Besides, it’s very light in alcohol.
This is what Mosel is typically recognized for.

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He’s Rieslings are all quite different, this is because of there is no intervention during fermentation.
Overall they are all very mineral reflecting the soil and some more fruity than other ones.

For the Riesling vines he uses or very old vines, or he uses a clone that produces very tiny concentrated berries even if it’s a young vine.

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Let’s talk about my favorites:
The Quant Riesling: this is a blend of different vineyards.
And Quant in the local dialect stands for Good!
It’s quite mouth filling for a Riesling, it has some residual sugar but also has a lot of acidity to counter the sweet touch.
There is some minerality and fruitiness like apricots and peaches.
The finish is medium to long and refreshingly clean.

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The Varidor Riesling:
Also a blend.
Vari means variety and Dor means gold.
The wine is very mineral with a hint of petrol. Ripe apricots are detected,
also with a lot acidity.
It’s a very refreshing wine with a long finish!

 

 

I could go on about the wines, but that can be quite boring to read.

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So, this for the RIESsearchING at Carl Loewen.
Enjoy reading and if you desire to find out more about the winery and the wines
You can always ask me or visit the website: Weingut Carl Loewen.de

Enjoy a nice glass of Riesling and I see you the next RIESsearchING!