Richter and Selbach Back Vintage Offer

Selbach and Richter Back Vintage Offer – the quadruple threat of 2015, 16, 17 & 18 – an extraordinary list from two of the greatest producers

2018
2018, the vintage whose white wines are just being released, was the best one many growers can remember… JANCIS ROBINSON MW

German vintage 2018 – best ever? It would probably be the understatement of the year to say that 2018 has been a good year for German vine growers. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, jancisrobinson.com

2017
Shine on you crazy diamonds: the top wines of the erratic 2017 vintage in Germany are dazzling
For many of the leading producers, the growing season brought multiple moments of despair as nature threw one major obstacle after another in their path, yet the best wines have ended up with great expressiveness and a diamond-like brightness. STUART PIGOTT

2016
Rieslings of the … 2016 vintage are spectacularly good: fully ripe, lush, round and intense but rather moderate in alcohol and acidity. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate

If how often you feel compelled to resort to mineral descriptors is one measure for you of a wine’s appeal as well as its profundity (this is certainly true of me), then 2016 won’t disappoint. The best 2016s combine generosity and easy accessibility with nuanced complexity and youthful harmony. DAVID SCHILDKNECHT
2015
Is 2015 the vintage of the century? The question has been asked so many times that one becomes tempted to give it short shrift… I’m not going to prevaricate: the overall standard of top dry Riesling from these two regions is very, very high, with some of the best wines I have ever come across in this category. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, jancisrobinson.com

The greats in 2015 seem to be the Rieslings from the most northerly Mosel (especially Saar), Nahe and Rheingau regions. JANCIS ROBINSON MW

The Rieslings are medium to full-bodied, intense and ripe in their fruit flavors. With that being said, they are also phenomenally precise, straightly mineral and structured by a pronounced, though ripe acidity that is focussed like a laser beam. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate

The quadruple threat, 2015, 16, 17 and 2018. It’s a wine lovers dream, to be honest, to have a string of vintages in a row, all of which considered to be absolutely top notch. You just don’t get runs like that. Including the 2019s it has been a genuinely remarkable handful of vintages.
I remember writing the first couple of offers for the 2015s and there being critics, and producers, calling it the vintage of the century etc etc. Then the 2016s, a season I preferred to its much hyped predecessor for the extra sizzle and energy they held. Stylistic preference rather than a quality assessment.
Back to back great years, not that uncommon. What really set things off was that 2017 was the measure of the proceeding pair and I thought that would be it. It was difficult to keep telling people that “this is a vintage not to be missed” when you did it three years in a row. So, 2018 was a shock to the system. I wrote about this around that time, explaining that not only was there a series of great years but that each was very different and with its own indelible imprint that made the wines from each vintage worthy of the attention of consumers and collectors alike. Each vintage being excellent and each bringing something different to the table.
2019 was also amazing. Who knows what 2020 will be bring….
I honestly can’t think of another major wine region in the world who has had a series of five star vintages like the Mosel has been blessed with in recent times.
With all that being said, I recently sent an offer for two of my personal favourites from the Mosel, Richter and Selbach and the response was humungous. I mentioned in that offer that we haven’t always had access to these wines in recent times and so when I asked the distributor to let me know if they had any previous vintages I was beyond happy to see what came through.
While there was some old years, mostly TBA and the like, I thought I should focus, primarily, on the string of remarkable recent years, 15, 16, 17 & 18. I can’t stress enough just how good each of these vintages are in the region and how distinctly different each presents itself. Wines of this level just don’t come along too often. Great vintages. Top producers. The best sites. It’s a smorgasbord for those who love Riesling.
Both producers make sensational wines and they remain affordable, in the context of the greatest producers in the region. It is a remarkable little collection that has all sat in the importer’s cellar since arriving here in Australia.