Germany's exceptional 2001 vintage
This has been an extraordinary vintage for Germany - see my story in wine news for an extended overview. Such high ripeness levels were attained relatively easily, thanks to a 'Goldener Oktober' (weather, not the dreary wine) that many of the wines have been declassified to a lower category, simply to have QbAs and Kabinett wines to sell. Some Auslese wines are particularly difficult to taste at this early stage and I have surely under-marked some of them. Those I feel most uncertain about I have appended a ? to my score out of 20. The combination of extreme, crystalline acidity and in many cases extremely pure, markedly...
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