Every year, the finest efforts of the VDP winegrowers come under the hammer in Trier, Bad Kreuznach and Kloster Eberbach. From us as well, 100-point-rated 2015 Kupfergrube Trockenbeerenauslese, on the 17th of September at the Römerhalle in Bad Kreuznach.
IN TOTAL 1000-PARKER-POINTS
No fewer than – speaking in purely mathematical terms – ‘1000 Parker Points’… in the form of six 375mls and one 1.5L (equal in volume to 4x375ml) of our 100-point-rated 2015 Kupfergrube Trockenbeerenauslese – will be put up for auction by Gut Hermannsberg. A true rarity, because this represents the entire release of the wine. The tiny quantity remaining will vanish behind the iron bars of the estate’s Reserve Cellar.
AN ELIXIR WITH SHEER ENDLESS LENGTH AND DIVINE FINESSE
For Stephan Reinhardt, the editor (among other duties) responsible for Germany on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate-Team, our 2015 Kupfergrube TBA is a sumptuous and intense elixir with utterly endless length and divine finesse: ‘The 2015 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese was “made from perfect raisins with 236° Oechsle”, said Karsten Peter. The wine offers an enormously rich and concentrated bouquet with natural fruit aromas of stewed stone fruits along with flinty and unfermented tea aromas. This is beautifully precise! On the palate, this is a rich and intense elixir, a generous, velvety and viscous-textured Riesling with perfect fruit ripeness and mineral/salty acidity. The finish is endless and the finesse is divine. A great, great TBA of which just 25 liters were made, and some of the bottles will be auctioned one day.’
THE MOST MAGNIFICENT SITE ON THE ENTIRE NAHE
That is how Hugh Johnson characterised the Kupfergrube in his 1971 World Atlas of Wine. In his Nahe-region description of the then Staatsdomäne Niederhausen-Schlossböckelheim, he found some powerful language: Along the bends of the Nahe River headed upstream there is a succession of fine slopes, through the villages of Norheim and Niederhausen, to the Nahe’s most illustrious vineyard of all – the Kupfergrube, on the eastern limit of the village of Schlössböckelheim. The cellars where winemaking is brought to its peak here, if not in the whole of Germany, face the Kupfergrube from the last slope of Niederhausen, the Nahe State Domaine. (Johnson, 1971)
CULT WINES WITH AN HISTORY – AND WITH TALES TO TELL
Trockenbeerenauslesen from the Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube enjoy a certain cult status, and certainly can tell a number of spellbinding stories.* The source of this wine legend goes back to the 20th Century’s vintage of the century, 1921. A vintage that came fast and furious for the then-Weinbaudomäne, which was crowned with the 1921er Kupfergrube TBA – harvested at 308° Oechsle – which inspired poets and authors to hymns of praise. Berlin journalist Kurt Tucholsky painted a certain gilded sheen on this vintage, writing about ‘A 21er as deep as the sound of a bell. The greatest of joys – one is deeply moved. It’s a shame that one cannot caress a wine.’ On 21 March 1926, the Weinbaudomäne’s 1921er Kupfergrube TBA was served to Germany’s President Generalfeldmarschall Hindenburg as a toast of honour during the observances in Cologne celebrating the removal of French troops from the Rheinland. The 1959er Kupfergrube TBA managed to make its way in 1981 to the royal wedding dinner of Lady Diana and Prince Charles, where it was most certainly sure to have brought a smile to the faces of the international nobility. At a tasting upon the departure of the Domäne’s director Georg Raquet, he referred to ‘the greatest wine to have been harvested at the Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Niederhausen Schlossböckelheim – a 1976er Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling TBA’. And so our first 100-Parker-point wine seamlessly joins this merry gathering of legendary TBAs, produced by Gut Hermannsberg and before it by the Weinbaudomäne – the 236° Oechsle 2015er Kupfergrube Trockenbeerenauslese.
*More tales and a profound insight into the history of the estate, which is deeply interwoven with the history of German viticulture, is documented in the cronicle of Gut Hermannsberg. Also available in English. Read more …
Attending the VDP.Auction, 17 September 2017 at the Römerhalle in Bad Kreuznach, you will have the opportunity to bid on – and perhaps win – this 100-point rarity!
VDP AUCTION BAD KREUZNACH
Tasting of the auction wines, 9.30; auction from 11.00–13.00
Admission: 30.00 € per person. Booking through VDP Estates from the Nahe & Ahr, or at the VDP-Nahe administrative offices: Tel.: 0151- 44 24 25 59 | firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information …
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