"A huge success"
2019 Egon Müller Scharzhof QbA

Posted by Joe Salamone

Typically QbA is a humble category, housing producers' "Estate" wines. They can be nice wines, but seldom are they profound.

Müller's QbA transcends the entire designation. It's without peer.

In any vintage, Müller's QbA is a dead serious and thrilling bottle of Riesling. However, there are special years where the wine hits a shocking level. 

The 2019 QbA is an example of this. It has amazing purity, impressive concentration, and is beautifully structured.

The 2019 Germans are gorgeous. As Jean Fisch and David Rayer write in Mosel Fine Wine: "The wines have incredible precision, play, zest, and structure. At their best, they remind us of 2001, but subtler and deeper."

The vintage is most well-known for the incredibly high temperatures during the summer. The entire vintage was a roller coaster: there were late frosts and rain at harvest. However, when everything came together, the vintage produced some extraordinary wines. Müller's collection is a testimony to the heights that vintage reached. 

The 2019 QbA is layered, tense, and brilliantly clear. It has Müller's signature steely finesse with a classy, mineral saturated length. You get a really lively sense of completeness. 

Müller's QbA is sourced from vines in Saarburg, Kanzem, Wawern, Oberemmel, and often some Scharzhofberger finds its way into the blend. The combination of top vineyards and Müller's intense dedication and spare-no-expense winemaking leave an obvious mark on the wine. This is the rare QbA you'd be wise to forget about for a decade.

I'll close with a warning: This is a small parcel, and I'm anticipating a need to allocate.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2019er Riesling Scharzhof is an off-dry wine made from Estate holdings in the Wiltinger Braunfels, Oberemmeler Rosenberg, and Saarburger Rausch. This bright white-colored wine offers a gorgeous nose made of white peach, apricot blossom, a hint of cream, smoke, slate, and still quite some residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation. The wine proves gorgeously intense and even almost powerful on the palate at first, but then develops great finesse in the long and subtle finish. Some minty herbs join the gorgeous flavors of white peach, chalky minerals, and a hint of whipped cream in the delicately airy and off-dry tasting after-taste. This wine proves a huge success but one which will benefit from a few years of bottle aging to develop its full aromatic finesse."