New Mosel Elite: 2012 Immich-Batterieberg Ellergrub

Posted by Joe Salamone

New Mosel Elite
2012 Immich-Batterieberg Ellergrub
Old Vines, Stunning Vintage

This is easily one of our most anticipated 2012 German offerings.

Gernot Kollman produced his first vintage at Immich-Batterieberg in 2009 and the wines immediately became some of our absolute favorites.

The wines display a flawless balance and have agility, lift and delineation. Think of the Mosel by way of the Saar.

Today, we're happy to offer Immich-Batterieberg's 2012 Ellergrub for $55.95 per bottle and down to $49.95 in 4-packs.

Immich-Batterieberg is endowed with a very large amount of old, ungrafted vines and the 2012 Ellergrub boasts the concentration of these vines. The '12 Ellergub is an epic treatise on what Mosel dries can be: floral, just insanely mineral and beautifully harmonious. The wine possesses a textural richness that's simultaneously crystal clear and pure on the palate.

The '12 Ellergrub delivers a persistent, ultra-tense, stony mineral drive that leads to a pinpoint precise finish. The power, the clarity and the deep textured minerality are monuments of the 2012 German vintage at its best.

Immich-Batterieberg's history deserves a brief recounting. The Immich family has been associated with this land back to the early 15th century, though if there is a hero to this story it is Carl August Immich. Between 1841 and 1845, Carl blasted the **** out of a sheer wall of solid slate, thus creating the famous monopole of the estate, the Batterieberg which roughly translates to "demolition hill." (Thus the cannon on the label, though he really used dynamite.)

Alas, the Immich family sold the estate in 1989 and it withered away... until Gernot Kollman and some friends purchased the estate. While this section of the Mosel has fallen out of the spotlight in the last few decades, it represents some of the greatest terroir in the Mosel. In 1897 when the Prussians put together their tax map, essentially rating the sites of the Mosel, the entire stretch of vineyards that today make up the Immich-Batterieberg estate were marked as the absolute best (and were taxed accordingly).

Immich-Batterieberg 2012 Ellergrub can hang with the best dry wines of the vintage. No problem. The only catch is that it's painfully limited. Yields were down by 50% in 2012. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Special Email Bottle Price: $55.94

Special Email 4-Pack Price: $199.80 ($49.95)