Depth, Force and History:
2000 J.B. Becker Berg Bildstock Spätlese Trocken Magnums

Posted by Joe Salamone

Today, with over two decades of perfect cellaring at the estate, the "Godfather of Dry Riesling" offers a rare magnum parcel, direct from his cellars.

Here is a wine of depth and force, a rigorous and structured dry Riesling now entering its glorious drinking window, the peak experience of which will last for another decade.

Only five years ago we could occasionally find bottles of Hans-Josef Becker from the late 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, those days are gone. Do not miss this parcel.

photo of vineyard

Becker's dry Rieslings are among the most important dry wines of the Rheingau. While Becker does nothing for immediate appeal, the dense, mineral-driven and structured wines require time in a way few other Rheingau wines do.

Yet, with time, the wines unfurl into complex, saline and savory treatises on Riesling. The powerful 2000 Berg Bildstock flaunts smoky orange oils, a rich tapestry of ripe citrus underlined by complex notes of tobacco and herbs. There is a gripping, encompassing textural midpalate; all of this is built on a profound foundation of mineral.

While Becker's dry Rieslings represent some of the most heartfelt and mysterious wines being made in Germany, it is also important to acknowledge his pioneering role in the dry wine movement in the Rheingau. Beginning in 1971, Becker believed in the potential of dry Riesling here. Later Georg Breuer would help lift the dry Riesling movement further. Today, of course, nearly every estate in the Rheingau makes dry Rieslings.

Hans-Josef Becker, long overlooked as the vogue for soft and sweet Rieslings dominated the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, is finally being recognized for what he is: the Godfather of dry Rheingau Riesling.

Force and depth, yes, but also history today. This parcel of magnums comes directly from Hans-Josef's cellars - we expect it to sell out quickly.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
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