Mosel Terraces | Bremm

Angelina and Kilian Franzen’s story is every bit as moving as their wines. Today they have 5 hectares in the Calmont and additional holdings in the venerated Neefer Frauenberg and Kloster Stuben vineyards. Vines are up to 90 years old, their roots driven into the terraced slate, giving immense concentration to the wines. Fermentations are spontaneous, the wines go through malo, and GGs are bottled late. All this accounts for wines of that are as much about texture, herbaceousness, and salinity as they are fruit. They display remarkable freshness and animation as well as density and echoing length.

Franzen 2016 Riesling "Zeit"

“Zeit” means “time” and this wine fermented, spontaneously, for over a year before it could not go further and ended with 16 grams/L residual sugar and 7.6 acidity. The label showcases an old photo of the Calmont vineyard, from which all the grapes in this wine harken, but it also is a reminder of a time when this kind of élevage was normal. Kilian explains that “every year, one tank takes forever, and what can we do? We wait and wait and if it doesn’t get dry, it must be where the wine wants to be.” It’s richly textured, leesy, but also crunchy with spice. It’s a throwback wine to former times, but it’s also a fresh and intriguing offering from the Franzens.

  • 2016
  • Riesling
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Mosel Terraces
  • Bremmer Calmont
  • South, southeast
  • Red Devonian Slate and Quartzite
  • Stainless steel
  • Stainless steel
  • 16
  • 750 ml

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