Style: Trockenbeerenauslese (individually hand selected 100% botrytis-affected raisined berries, sweet)
Country, Region: Germany, Mosel
'"We searched everywhere [in Juffer] over the entire course of harvest for the shriveled grapes that informed this wine,” reported Haag. And as sometimes happens when there is shriveling, here not just flavors and sugars were prominently concentrated, but also acidity. Candied lemon and lime peels; quince, mirabelle and apricot preserves; and a light layering of caramel and marzipan inform a heady nose and a palate that, despite its gloss, seductive creaminess, honeyed viscosity and sheer sweetness, leads into a finish of remarkable vibrancy and clarity, one revealing both animating juiciness of fresh citrus and mouthwatering salinity. (I tasted this the day before it was to have been bottled, but it had already withstood filtration as well as sulfuring, and I have every confidence that no mishaps will have been allowed to occur thereafter). Drink 2020-2070.' (95-97) points, David Schildknecht, Vinous, November 2020.
'Trockenbeerenauslese is a symbol of pure elegance, power and complexity. Not every vintage delivers the conditions necessary to produce a wine of this calibre. The foundation for this rare treat comes through a radical hand harvest of individual botrytis-affected grapes in a nearly raisin-like state.
Forest honey, a gentle fresh herbal spice and expansive juicy apricot, candied orange and pineapple take this Trockenbeerenauslese to the unprecedented levels that make it the object of envy in any winelover’s cellar.' Oliver Haag, Winemaker.
'Oliver Haag has made an absolutely brilliant set of wines in 2018 and this may well be the single finest vintage collection of young wines I have ever tasted from this iconic estate in Brauneberg. It is a flat out brilliant vintage for Weingut Fritz Haag; these are amongst Germany’s very greatest examples of the 2018 vintage.' John Gillman, View From The Cellar, October 2019.
The historic Fritz Haag wine estate is located in the heart of the central Mosel River Valley. The earliest documentation of the estate dates back to 1605. At that time, the village in which it is situated was known as ‘Dusemond.’ In 1925, this village was renamed ‘Brauneberg’ (‘brown mountain,’ a reference to the color of the slate soil in this area of the Mosel) in an endeavour to further promote the reputation of its world-renowned vineyards ‘Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr’ and ‘Brauneberg Juffer.’
The name of the famous vineyards ‘Juffer,’ which translates as ‘old maid’ or ‘virgin’ in the local dialect, goes back to 1790. The proprietor of these exceptional vineyard slopes at the time, the aristocratic Kurpfälzische Kammerherr Wunderlich, had three daughters who all remained unmarried and lived the lives of spinsters. As a consequence, when they took over the vineyard management from their father, the name ‘Brauneberger Juffer’ was born and the wines soon became well-known and famed in the wine world. The vineyards are recognised as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon.
For many years, the Fritz Haag wine estate was successfully headed by the endlessly energetic Wilhelm Haag, and achieved, under his guidance a world-renowned reputation. Wilhelm Haag was the first to win the acclaim ‘winemaker of the year,’ a highly coveted accolade introduced in 1994 by the famous Gault Millau Wineguide. Since 2005, son Oliver has taken over the
reins and has joined his successful father in leading the estate into the future.
The Fritz Haag estate owns 18.5ha of vineyards which are all exclusively planted with Riesling. The excellent micro-climate and the deep slate soils of the Brauneberger Juffer slope form the basis for some of the most intensely flavored and elegantly-structured Riesling wines of the Mosel region. Oliver Haag, the current proprietor, rigorously selects the clones most suited to the microclimate of his vineyards in order to achieve the maximum potential in the grapes. As a winemaker, Oliver’s skills are matched by few. His wines, which display a pleasing subtle colour, show a well-defined palate that reaches from honeysuckle to pears and apples. They are laced with citrus and underlying mineral tones, reflecting the brown slate vineyards of Brauneberg.
The Fritz Haag estate produces wines that cover the full style spectrum, starting from a dry style and ranging to lusciously sweet. A mineral ‘slate’ character and a pronounced and fruity acidity give the wines their elegant sophistication and their great aging potential. The estate’s graceful, well-refined Rieslings are rated as impressive examples of the finest wines the Mosel region has to offer.