About The Pack
Clemens Busch is the fifth generation of Busch men to farm their family's vineyards along the Mosel.
The man is an iconoclast, a renegade, and arguably the best 'natural' producer of fine wines in the region.
A man well ahead of the curve, Clemens began converting his vineyards to organics in 1984. He now has each site certified biodynamic and is producing powerful Rieslings with no additions save the minimum amount of effective sulphur.
These are Rieslings of true provenance and exceptional quality. Here you get to experience six of his dry Rieslings - four of which are designated Grosses Gewächs.
The Grosses Gewächs wines are the best examples of dry Mosel that Clemens produces. Insanely intense and with phenomenal drive, these world-class wines hail from excellent vineyards.
2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG Falkenlay
"Falkenlay, “normally the best vineyard, for me, on the grey slate, and best for sweet wines. It’s a vineyard in a small amphitheatre, and sees very little wind, and some humidity, so no dryness pressure, and always high vitality”, explains Clemens Busch. The vines are very old too (70-years-old, or so).
Slick and slippery texture with perceived sweetness a thing, but no botrytis is used and the wine is only 5.5 grams residual sugar. It has some richness, almost tropical fruit character, oily citrus too, and then the finish is stony, slate-like and almost sparkling minerally in feel. This is one for more of the classicists, very pure-feeling, very minerally, a touch of fruitiness and incredible velocity and finish."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)Read more about 2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG Falkenlay
2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG Fahrlay
"A blue slate vineyard plot in the magnificent Marienburg, from 80-years-old and older. In total the vineyard is 1.6 hectare, but three wines come off Fahrlay, which is pretty remarkable. Around 95% of the old vines (Fahrlay Terrassen goes up to and over 110 year old vines), are owned by Clemens Busch.
Concentrated and direct, intense and cirtusy, core of mineral-charged acidity, rich citrus character, ripe stone fruits too. Long, lacy, inwardly-dense and yet provides incredible sense of refreshment aside that. You can’t escape the complexity of the wine, indeed, epic white wine emerges here. Amazing."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)Read more about 2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG Fahrlay
2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG Rothenpfad
"Lieu dit plots in GG vineyards of Clemens Busch make for fascinating tasting. This is from red slate soils, and from older-older vines, “around 85 years and older”, says Clemens Busch, “the soils are deeper, richer in a way, and the old vines have gone very deeper in the rocks”. He speaks of richness and minerality working in tandem, and deeply.
Herbal scents, stone fruits, faint black berry too with whiffs of wet slate in the mix. Lip-smacking, generous and potent in the palate, approachable, with richer texture but still that piercing core of minerally acidity. More earthy profile to ‘minerally feel’, with concentration on hand. Approachable now, very much so. Delicious and complex wine."
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2017 Clemens Busch Marienburg 1er GG
"From the grey slate section of the Marienburg vineyard, from ‘younger vines, around 40 years old now’, says Clemens Busch.
Has a juiciness and buoyancy in the palate, really lifted, fresh, but with some gentle slick of richer citrus and green apple character. Quite intense, but also wickedly fresh feeling, very long, very detailed and generally just racing across the palate like pedigree riesling should. It feels outstanding to sip on, and so delicious."
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2017 Clemens Busch Vom Blauen Schiefer Riesling
"The first vintage of this wine was produced in 2013, and comes from a single, grand cru site (Marienburg) that normally ends up in GG or sweet wines. Such a strong impression of the wine named blue slate here.
Powerful and intense yet holds incredible freshness and lightness of feel. Dry, almost licking pumice kind of feel, but mouth-watering tang around that. Acid is bright but not dominant, instead it feels very of rock and mineral, stoic and firm, long and rippling with athletic feel. Incredible wine really."
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2017 Clemens Busch Vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling
"A hot vintage, then frost, then loss of grapes, but ‘the vintage was perfect for us’, says vigneron Clemens Busch, ‘everything was ripe but not over ripe’, and harvest for all sugar levels lasted five weeks. Around half the wines overall went through malolactic fermentation, ‘which is perfect, again’, says Clemens. This is Clemens’ house wine, he says, ‘very pure, very minerally, weathered slate over rock vineyard’. It holds around three grams residual sugar.
Strong scents of granite, graphite and general ‘minerality’, light floral whiffs and some green apple in the mix. Clatters along the palate with mouth-watering, crisp acidity and a generally lean, apple-y feel. Deeelicious."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)Read more about 2017 Clemens Busch Vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling