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...
Region MoselSite: Almost entirely from the Himmelreich vineyard in the village of ZeltingenSoil Blue Devonian slate with veins of quartzElevage Mostly stainless steel with a little bit of old Mosel Fuder.Zeltinger HimmelreichHimmelreich ( German for “kingdom of heaven” ) is the largest of the three single vineyards / crus / appellations in the town of Zeltingen. Himmelreich stretches from the steep slope behind mid-village, where it borders Schlossberg, to approximately one mile downstream in the direction of Erden and Ürzig. The steep part of Himmelreich bordering Schlossberg is of superb quality, facing due south, with chunky slate on top of the deep slate bedrock. As the Mosel meanders towards Ürzig, Himmelreich follows the bend in the river, turning southwest and then west. The grade also decreases progessively while some loam and, further downstream, some alluvial river deposits sit on top of the blue Devonian slate which forms the bedrock beneath. Selbach-Oster owns major portions of the steepest, south-facing portions of Himmelreich with the Anrecht representing the most prized piece which ranked in the top categories of the 1868 Prussian classification already.