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Maximin Grunhaus Monopol Estate 2019


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An exceptional entry level wine from one of the Mosel greats, the Grunhaus monopol offers quality fruit at a hard to believe price.
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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…but whoever coined that adage clearly never met the wizards at Maximin Grunhuas.

The viticultural history at this famed Ruwer estate is old — we mean really, really, really old. By the time of Emperor Otto (successor of Charlemagne), their status as a winery had been documented. But even the von Schubert family was astounded when archaeologists discovered their building foundations were originally laid as part of a Roman road. This, coupled with Roman pruning shears and amphorae dug up in the vineyards, brings their wine history back another 500 years!!

Down in their ancient cellar, wines ferment spontaneously with only ambient yeast — a rarity in Germany these days. These native yeast strains are key: Maximin von Schubert attributes the wines’ singular flavor profile and incredible quality at least in part to the flavors they help develop.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"A blend of fruit from Abtsberg, Herrenberg and Bruderbergand, the 2019 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Monopol opens with a clear, bright and slatey-elegant bouquet with remarkable finesse. Juicy and delicate on the palate, this is a light to medium-bodied, delicate and crystalline Ruwer Riesling with a filigreed structure and lingering salinity. Fabulous in 2019! Tasted as a sample in April 2020. Form what I have tasted so far from Maximin Grünhaus, 2019 is another stellar vintage for the traditional domain in the Ruwer. To sum up my following notes: You can hardly buy any better Kabinett Rieslings from the 2019 vintage than those from von Schubert. The Kabinett selections from the Abtsberg are world-class wines that do not stop singing. I also want to underline that the Superiore is still an underestimated word-class Riesling as the 2019 vintage demonstrates again massively. Last but not least, von Schubert is more and more becoming one of the region's best producers of both Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. The 2018s show great quality, and as soon as it turns autumn again, these wines shall pair with my game dishes. 2018 has also been the vintage for Maximin von Schubert's first orange wine: Mash. It is a wine you should taste, if you are open for something completely different." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 91
"There's barely any perceptible residual sugar on the palate of this crisp, profoundly mineral Riesling. A well-priced bottling sourced entirely from the estate's monopole single vineyard, it offers crisp, cutting notes of honeydew and greengage plums dusted with slate and crushed earth. A uniquely zippy expression of a profoundly ripe vintage, it's drinking beautifully young but should hold well through 2025." -Anna lee C. Iijima


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    Floral , Fruity , Minerally

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    Light Bodied