Rita and Rudolf Trossen "Lay Pur'us"

Rita and Rudolf Trossen "Lay Pur'us"
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Grapes: Riesling

Region: Mosel, Germany 

Vintage: 2017

Viticulture: Biodynamic

Soils: Grey + Blue slate

Vinification: Hand-harvested, fermented in whole bunches in a 1000-liter wooden tank with indigenous yeast. The wine is cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over 12 months.

Aging: 8 months on the lees

Fining or Filtering: None

Sulfur: None

Notes from the Importer: Rita and Rudolf Trossen decided to break with modern winemaking practices in 1978, when they converted their entire estate to Biodynamics. They have been crafting wonderful Mosel Valley Rieslings ever since. In 2010, encouraged by many of their sommelier clients, they began to delve into the world of natural winemaking with their Pur’us line of wines, which have no intervention whatsoever. These wines have zero additives, not even sulfur, and are unfined and unfiltered. There are some winemakers working organically in Germany, but the vast majority of winemakers in Germany are steadfast users of sulfur to stabilize and preserve their wines, making the Trossens real pioneers in their area. They allow their wines to sit on the lees for extended periods of time “until all biological processes have come to an end.” For us, the wines were the first German wines we ever tasted that made us sit up and notice something different was happening. The depth of character and expression Riesling can reach without additives is truly amazing.

The Trossen vineyards are full of slate, which resisted phylloxera completely, thus most of their vines are completely ungrafted and some approach 100 years old!

This wine: Hints of marzipan and umami coat the mouth, thanks to time spent on the lees. “Swings back and forth in the mouth for a long time, like the echo in a cathedral,” says Rita and Rudolf. A timeless classic. 

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