Rare Egon Müller Revisited:
2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett Alte Reben Auction

Posted by Joe Salamone

Müller's Kabinetts are studies in fineness, raciness, and complexity. Their beauty leaves you speechless.

Müller's Auction Kabinett takes all of this and kicks it up to an unheard-of level.

Across the range, Müller's wines are simply extraordinary. Still, there's a quality to the Kabinetts that's special, especially so for the Auction bottling.

photo of bottle of Muller Scharzhofberger Alte Reben

As many people have noted, at the 2020 Trier auction Müller's 2019 Kabinett sold for more than his Spätlese. No doubt this is a signal of just how profound and singular the Kabinett Auction bottling is.   

Sourced from old vines, the Kabinett Auction combines intensity and weightlessness in a way that's completely unique. It's hard for us to think of any other wine that pulls this off. It's a heartbreaking, utterly compelling combination. The 2018 Kabinett Auction is a study of grace and ultra-detailed and refined minerality. 

The Scharzhofberg vineyard, recognized since 1000 A.D. as a superior site for growing grapes, produces wines of incredible concentration and intensity with a structure built for aging.

Even in this context, in Müller's hands, this inherently first-class site reaches a shockingly elevated level. When I think about holy marriages between grower and site in Germany, Müller and his Scharzhofberg is the first example that comes to mind.

There are stories abound of Müller's Kabinett drinking well at 30+ years. There's little doubt that in the decades to come the 2018 Kabinett Auction will be one of the crown jewels of the vintage. I'm happy to have another opportunity to offer this. I should warn you that quantities are very limited. 

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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Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2018er Scharzhofberger Kabinett Alte Reben comes from old vines in the central (“Breiten Weg”) and upper front (“Knipp”) part of the vineyard and was fermented down to fully fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It delivers a gorgeously pure nose of spices, minty herbs white peach, spices, a hint of almond cream, and smoke. The wine resonates on the beautifully spicy and pure palate. The finish is sharp, delicately tart yet also nicely creamy and playful. This Kabinett is already incredible approachable yet will need a decade to fully deliver upon its multi-layered complex structure."