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 The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced low-sen) assumed ownership in the late 1980's he realised that with ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old in top-rated middle Mosel vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunning intense world class wines.

To do this Ernst dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilisation preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. He insisted on later harvesting for fully mature fruit that has been very strictly selected. In addition, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allowed the wines to develop their potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.

Of Dr. Loosens six major vineyards, four were designated as "great first class" and two as "first class" in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards. This classification predates the Grand Cru system in Burgundy and was recently updated by Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson in their Wine Atlas of Germany.

The best of the Pradikat level wines (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese) from these vineyards are bottled with a vineyard description. What's left is combined with contracted fruit to make the distinctive and expressive Dr. 'L' Riesling. A perfect example of the harmony for which Ernst strives.

Great alcoholic gluggers they aren't. But what you do get without apology are gently 8.5% alcohol wines that make perfect aperitifs or go with starters, smoked salmon and other fish dishes as well as white meat and poultry. The Spätlese (late picked) goes superbly with blue cheeses. Their low alcohol is a bonus, letting the wines show off their virtuosity and means you can drink a couple of glasses of the nectar during lunch without slipping off into a deep sleep. Extract every ounce of joy from them by sipping a chilled glass with some sun on your back in the garden. Loosen's offerings will transform your thinking.

He is now one of the pioneers of the rise in popularity of Riesling in the UK and was named "Wine Maker of the Year 2001" by Gault Millau, the Who's Who in German winemaking.

Ernst is a forward thinker, predicting the Riesling renaissance that would sweep the world, and guess what happened? The Riesling revival is truly upon us and German Riesling has made a phenomenal comeback across the world!

Due to his deep seated understanding of Riesling, he is now a much sought after consultant and he sells his wine in 50 countries. His

ultimate aim is to produce Rieslings that "proudly proclaim their Mosel and Pfalz roots and convey the unique terroir of my top class vineyard sites".

In 1996 Ernst embarked on a quest to make great dry Riesling and he acquired the languishing J L Wolf estate in the Pfalz region, which has holdings in some of the best vineyards in the area. From the very first vintage, these new dry wines have been praised for their distinctive well defined styles.

Ernst Loosen is also involved in a joint project to make Riesling from Washington State grapes. The wine, known as Eroica, reflects not only its grape variety and site but also its heritage; bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and sinewy from German inspiration. Named after Beethoven's third symphony, Eroica is the old world and new world in harmony.

The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced low-sen) assumed ownership in the late 1980's he realised that with ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old in top-rated middle Mosel vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunning intense world class wines.

To do this Ernst dramatically reduced his crop size and stopped all chemical fertilisation preferring only moderate use of organic fertilisers. He insisted on later harvesting for fully mature fruit that has been very strictly selected. In addition, he turned to gentler cellar practices that allowed the wines to develop their potential with a minimum of handling and technological meddling.

Of Dr. Loosens six major vineyards, four were designated as "great first class" and two as "first class" in the 1868 Prussian classification of Mosel vineyards. This classification predates the Grand Cru system in Burgundy and was recently updated by Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson in their Wine Atlas of Germany.

The best of the Pradikat level wines (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese) from these vineyards are bottled with a vineyard description. What's left is combined with contracted fruit to make the distinctive and expressive Dr. 'L' Riesling. A perfect example of the harmony for which Ernst strives.

Great alcoholic gluggers they aren't. But what you do get without apology are gently 8.5% alcohol wines that make perfect aperitifs or go with starters, smoked salmon and other fish dishes as well as white meat and poultry. The Spätlese (late picked) goes superbly with blue cheeses. Their low alcohol is a bonus, letting the wines show off their virtuosity and means you can drink a couple of glasses of the nectar during lunch without slipping off into a deep sleep. Extract every ounce of joy from them by sipping a chilled glass with some sun on your back in the garden. Loosen's offerings will transform your thinking.

He is now one of the pioneers of the rise in popularity of Riesling in the UK and was named "Wine Maker of the Year 2001" by Gault Millau, the Who's Who in German winemaking.

Ernst is a forward thinker, predicting the Riesling renaissance that would sweep the world, and guess what happened? The Riesling revival is truly upon us and German Riesling has made a phenomenal comeback across the world!

Due to his deep seated understanding of Riesling, he is now a much sought after consultant and he sells his wine in 50 countries. His

ultimate aim is to produce Rieslings that "proudly proclaim their Mosel and Pfalz roots and convey the unique terroir of my top class vineyard sites".

In 1996 Ernst embarked on a quest to make great dry Riesling and he acquired the languishing J L Wolf estate in the Pfalz region, which has holdings in some of the best vineyards in the area. From the very first vintage, these new dry wines have been praised for their distinctive well defined styles.

Ernst Loosen is also involved in a joint project to make Riesling from Washington State grapes. The wine, known as Eroica, reflects not only its grape variety and site but also its heritage; bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and sinewy from German inspiration. Named after Beethoven's third symphony, Eroica is the old world and new world in harmony.