"Baby" Grand Cru Steal:
2019 Emrich-Schönleber "Mineral" Trocken

Posted by Joe Salamone

Emrich-Schönleber's "Mineral" has long been known among insiders as a wine that delivers nearly as much cut and complexity as the Grand Crus that cost more than twice the price.

Along with bottlings like Keller's "von der Fels" or Lauer's "Senior," it's a wine with an undeniable Grand Cru pedigree. It is, by all standards, simply a declassified Grand Cru.

photo of bottle of Emrich-Schonleber Mineral Trocken

It is also, perhaps even more than the Keller or Lauer, a wine with a razor-sharp focus; a wine that is, unapologetically, "Mineral."

At this pricing, we encourage you to stock up - especially in an epic vintage like 2019. This wine has the ruthless, mineral focus from where it gets its name, but it also has immense stuffing and structure.

As with Keller's von der Fels, this is a wine that can, and perhaps should, be cellared. It will only grow in depth and complexity for the next five to ten years.

Emrich-Schönleber has long been celebrated as one of the greatest estates of Germany. In the cooler parts of the upper Nahe, they are for us, one of the three unrivaled masters of dry Riesling, along with Keller and Schäfer-Fröhlich.

And while Schäfer-Fröhlich is their neighbor in the Nahe, stylistically, Emrich-Schönleber is perhaps a bit closer to Keller. They both shape wines that showcase fruit of clarity and purity, yet balance this with an equally forceful presentation of soil and, yes, mineral.

Emrich-Schönleber's wines have never been that easy to find in the U.S. This is our only drop of this wine and it will disappear quickly.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

 

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