Along with Keller's G-Max, Abtserde is the most sought-after wine in all of Germany.
Even beyond Germany, few wines are hunted down as aggressively or are harder to find than Keller's Abtserde. This is currently the only listing for the 2016 Abtserde in the country.
Keller's 2016s are incredible. They have no trouble holding their own with the best vintages of the estate. For Keller, it's a vintage of shocking refinement, poise and finesse. Keller's 2016s are positively pure and persistent. The 2016 Abtserde is an absolutely amazing vintage of a wine that is always extraordinary.
In his tasting note, David Schildknecht highlights Abtserde's "intricate-almost lacy-complexity" and goes on: "Yet for all of its buoyancy and refinement, the mouthwateringly salt-tinged, near-endless finish is intensely reverberative and blazingly bright, revealing the maximum energy." The 2016 Abtserde is world-class and riveting.
Abtserde is Keller's top site. In the Middle Ages, this site was considered the finest vineyard in Keller's area of the Rheinhessen, known as the Hügelland. The wines from the vineyard were strictly reserved for the Bishop of nearby Worms.
Abtserde seems to consolidate the best attributes of Keller's Hubacher, Kirchspiel, and Morstein and take them to a thunderingly complex conclusion. It has the power of Hubacher and the minerality of Morstein and Kirchspiel. From here, Abtserde brings more finesse and ungodly length.
As you can imagine, this is very limited, and while we've limited the scope of the offering to Keller die-hards, I can't imagine not having to allocate this.
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Crush Wine & Spirits
2016 Keller Abtserde GG
Special Bottle Price: $389.95
David Schildknecht, Vinous Media: "Fresh lime and white peach, iris, thyme, chalk and marine minerals are all intimated on the nose, then reconvene on a silken, buoyant, generously juicy palate. Even more than usual, the wine displays an intricate – almost lacy – complexity of herbal, floral, fruit and mineral elements, as well as a clarity that surpasses that of its fellow Keller Grosse Gewächse, impressive though they all are. Yet for all of its buoyancy and refinement, the mouthwateringly salt-tinged, near-endless finish is intensely reverberative and blazingly bright, revealing the maximum energy conveyed by any of Keller’s other dry 2016s, and all the while offering consummate refreshment. 'You can tell from a wine like this,' noted Keller, 'how Abtserde is a site that supports residual sweetness, unlike Morstein.' And you can also tell that it’s magical – irrespective of residual sugar."