Johannes Selbach is beyond a doubt one of the great producers in the wine world. But, being based in Germany (and not being called Egon Müller), their wines are available at totally reasonable prices. Usually we can stock many of them year-round. Possibly our favorite Mosel estate, Selbach is renowned for his ability to take a snapshot of a vineyard at one place in time with every bottling he makes. The Selbach family has been making wine in the Mosel for 400 hundred years, making them one of the oldest winemaking houses in the region. But the wines are not old-fashioned; in fact, they exemplify everything we love about modern day Mosel wines: racy minerality, finesse and beautifully balanced acidity.
What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...
This wine is a true expression of terrior from the single best parcels from each of the three vineyards. As Johannes’ Father puts it “it’s a little silly to talk about “terroir” when you’re going out into the vineyard three times to select what aspect of terroir you’re going to push forward. It’s like picking two or three voices out of the chorus and saying “Now you three shout.” What you want is for the entire chorus to sing.” So beginning in 2003, Johannes began an experiment, which turned into a revelation. He waits until the parcel is “optimally ripe” and harvest everything at once— green berries, yellow berries, and botrytis berries, and ferment them spontaneously in Fuder. This represents a traditional style and a true expression of terroir.Anrecht, a the south-facing parcel representing the most prized piece of the Himmelreich which was ranked in the top categories of the 1868 Prussian classification. Anrecht has the deepest subsoil of broken slate mixed with organic matter (humus) and loam. It is further away from river and village compared to Rotlay and Schmitt, hence a tad cooler but nonetheless excellent.
Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!