Saar Wines from Grand Crus (Grosse Lagen)

Saar Wines from Grand Crus (Grosse Lagen)

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Schiefer Riesling (Slate Riesling)

Riesling from steep slopes on the Saar and Mosel with a dry taste profile

Saar Riesling

Riesling – Gutswein (Estate Wine) from steep slopes on the Saar with a dry taste profile

Alte Reben Riesling (Old Vines Riesling)

Riesling – Gutswein (Estate Wine) from steep slopes, with up to 130-year-old vines, often ungrafted vines with a dry taste profile

Wiltinger Riesling

Riesling from the steep site of Braunfels in Wiltingen with a dry taste profile

Goldberg

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Scharzhofberger Riesling

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Volz

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Altenberg

Altenberg Riesling - Große Lage with a dry taste profile

Wiltinger Gottesfuß

Alte Reben Riesling – Große Lage (Old Vine Riesling – Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Scharzhofberger P – “Pergentsknopp”

Riesling - Große Lage from the historical site of Pergentsknopp within Scharzhofberg with a dry taste profile

VV

Riesling with a subtle off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

Rotschiefer (Red Slate)

Riesling Kabinett with an off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

Ritterpfad

Riesling Große Lage with an off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

Bockstein

Riesling Spätlese - Große Lage with a fine-fruity taste profile

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc from vineyards in the villages of Wawern and Wiltingen with a dry taste profile

Windvogt

Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay from the parcel “Windvogt” with a dry taste profile

Sekt 1900

Estate Sparkling Wine – Brut

Altenberg Auslese

Riesling - Auslese - Große Lage with a fine-fruity taste profile

Scharzhofberger Beerenauslese

Riesling - Beerenauslese - Grand Cru with a fine-fruity taste profile

Schiefer Riesling (Slate Riesling)

Riesling from steep slopes on the Saar and Mosel with a dry taste profile

Various Devonian slate soils, along with rhyolite and graywacke

Each glass of this prancing Riesling exudes sheer pleasure when drinking. The magical mineral extract demonstrates the virtues of the Saar: an early drinking wine from rather younger vines, up to 30 years old, which define the bright minerality of the slate and connect with the animated, ripe acidity. This is a wine with moderate alcohol, seductive fruit, and an almost never-ending easy-drinking quality. With all the finesse of Schiefer Riesling, it also has—along with its mineral components—aromas of quince, apricot, and greengage, which recall the texture of a ripe Sauvignon Blanc. This pairs wonderfully to light summer dishes. A prototype Saar Riesling: authentic, mineral, racy, and precise!

“Van Volxem pursues a very clear philosophy: the entry-level wine must be perfect, because it forms the base for the quality of all the wines at the estate. Indeed, it’s nearly impossible to find such elegant, fresh, light masterpieces at fair prices than at Van Volxem.” Neue Züricher Zeitung 11/2016

“bright, clear, very brilliant style, minerals and spice, great mouthfeel, classic Saar at its best. (89/100 “ WEINWIRTSCHAFT (April 2013)

“Riesling on the rocks, and though naturally a little shy on the nose at this early stage, there is far less restraint on the palate. Slate makes its gravelly contribution, but in 2011 body and texture absorb the sharper edges and allow ripe fruit notes to assert themselves. Not many Riesling dry entry wines show the substance that we are treated to in this wine.” (16.5/20) Jancis Robinson (June 2012)

Saar Riesling

Riesling – Gutswein (Estate Wine) from steep slopes on the Saar with a dry taste profile

Various Devonian slate soils, along with rhyolite and graywacke

Very ripe grapes from at least 30-year-old vines in the finest steep slate sites bring a beguiling dry Riesling with a fruit cocktail of plum, elderberry blossoms, and white peach. It’s an estate wine that has a long, dry finish and perfectly defines in each vintage the value of our old vines and the mineral-rich steep slate slopes of the Saar region. On the palate, the wine has a rich, silky texture, concentration, length, and finesse.

“Lovely clear and intense on the nose, is the 2013 Saar Riesling with its almost tropical flavors. Full-bodied, very juicy and elegant on the palate this is fruit intense and very elegant wine with a persistent taste of slate and ripe peaches. An impressive entry-level quality.“ 90/100 PP eRobertParker.com

„I was blown off my feet by its energy and concentration. I gave it 16.5 out of 20, a very high score for such an inexpensive wine at the beginning of a day’s tasting. Wonderfully well balanced and exciting; I could happily drink this for lunch today! Great nerve but lots of ripe fruit on the front palate though it finishes bone dry. Great white wine by any measure!” Jancis Robinson 

Alte Reben Riesling (Old Vines Riesling)

Riesling – Gutswein (Estate Wine) from steep slopes, with up to 130-year-old vines, often ungrafted vines with a dry taste profile

Various Devonian slate soils, along with rhyolite

A great dry Saar Riesling from Grosse Lagen, or great sites! It’s the loose bunches of perfectly ripe, small berries from up to 120-year-old vines in the steepest slate slopes, which give us this concentration, depth, and silky texture. The all-penetrating, almost salty minerality, generates in this valuable wine, a tension between profound concentration and provocative freshness. Starting with a warm inner core, the wine develops in the glass a scent of pineapple, ripe red grapefruit, and hints of orange. This fragrance opens into a seductive, multifaceted Spiel, or interplay, which great wines have, along with a long finish.

“Beautifully ripe apple and stimulatingly piquant slate aromas on the nose of the Alte Reben lead to a rich, elegant and well-balanced palate that is juicy and salty and very precise at the same time. The finish is very long and salty. This is the Best Buy of 2013 of this further growing estate.“ 93+/100 PP eRobertParker.com

“Lilies, lemons, lime and candied peel on the nose lead up to a tight citrus palate with concentrated ripe pears, spices and apple pie, together with nuances of wet wool and minerals. Structured with a long mineral finish – dry yet  juicy. Impressive!” The Peak Magazine (11/2014)

“White Wine Of The Year 2014” of the tasting “The 100 best Wines of the Year” by the The Peak Magazine, the leading wine & food magazine of Singapore 11/2014

Wiltinger Riesling

Riesling from the steep site of Braunfels in Wiltingen with a dry taste profile

Devonian gray slate, including a high amount of rhyolite

One almost has the feeling as if to bite into a dark-brown chunk of slate. First, as always, it has a subtle hint of smoky mineral and white pepper–so smells slate! After a few minutes in a glass, this terroir-influenced wine then develops refined earthy aromas, with delicate nuances of blueberry, juniper, and blackthorn. With its delightful challenging, aromatically intense minerality, reminiscent of iodine, Braunfels Riesling is one of the best wines to pair with food. A noble wine in a noble robe!

 

“…2012 Wiltinger Braunfels Riesling was so delicious and so fascinating…. I really think that the 2012s are the best wines yet made at Van Volxem, not because they are the most concentrated, but because their balance between the fresh and ripe components of the wines, of their minerality and textural richness is nearly perfect.” Stuart Pigott, New York Diary (09.05.2013) 

“Just some moderate aroma remnants of spontaneous fermentation, but citrus fruit notes are given ample room to express themselves. These become more pronounced on the palate, where juice and zesty peel of grapefruit and oranges compete with a sound dose of salty minerality for centre stage. Despite a youthful exuberance and great concentration a harmonious balance is not far away.” (17.5/20) Jancis Robinson 06/2012

“The 2013 Wiltinger Braunfels Riesling combines ripe and piquant fruit flavors (peach, grapefruit, lemons) with the purity of the red slate/quartzite. Intense and piquant on the palate this is a very pure and lime-scented Riesling with a searing acidity that cuts very well through the salty/fleshy texture. Impressive and promising.” 92+PP eRobertParker.com

Goldberg

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Red slate with rhylolite

“A great wine is always a reflection of its soil!” There is no other wine that conveys this wise old French winegrower saying as impressively as our Wawerner Goldberg Riesling. It has finesse. The salty mineral merges with the animating fragrance of white pepper. After a few minutes in a glass, this smoky, herbal wine reveals a delicate fragrance of ripe fruits, such as apricots, mirabelle, and lush vineyard peaches. The fascinating scent is seductive and multifaceted. The taste has a silky-smooth texture. It’s a great wine with a long finish.

“Subtle, refined, and complex mineral fragrance with a fine smoky note. Fresh acidity, nervosité, fine saltiness, well-dosed power, and great length. (94/100)” —Falstaff (09/2013)

“spicy, but finely fruity with white peach; piquant, with lots of extract, dense, and impressive sweet-acid balance, always with minerality, black tea. (94/100)”Weinwisser Zürich (10/2013)

Scharzhofberger Riesling

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Finely weathered, mineral-rich blue slate

Scharzhofberger is an elegant wine with a delicate, precise minerality that reflects this truly great terroir. The wine is invigorating and, at the same time, supple—a wine that kindles desire. The magical site has a typical animating acidity that always requires another sip. With its captivating aroma of ripe yellow fruits of apricot, quince, and mirabelle, interwoven with refreshing mint. This fine cru pairs perfectly with shellfish or fish.

“In the area of Wiltingen, Scharzhofberger, the king of all wines from around Trier, has its seat. But unfortunately because of its high price, it is only affordable to a few mortals who can refresh themselves with this fragrant blood of the vines.” —Christoph Schauffler, Dean of Wiltingen in 1895

“The Scharzhofberger Grosses Gewächs from Van Volxem is an extreme fruity Riesling, with enormous length and singular complexity. A reference wine for top-end German Riesling. And the best Riesling from 2010 that I’ve consumed till now…. Give it up for the wonderful wines from a difficult year.” — Die Welt (Manfred Klimek, 12.08.2012)

Volz

Riesling - Große Lage (Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Devonian gray slate with high amounts of rhyolite

Before 1971, “Volz,” within today’s Wiltinger Braunfels, was a separate named site. In the Prussian vineyard classification of 1868, Volz was rated in the highest category, like the nearby Scharzhofberg. The 60-year-old vines of this fantastic steep slate parcel give us an inspiring fireworks, with mineral expressivity and the finest fruity elegance. The crazy low yield of only a handful of perfectly ripe grapes per vine produces a remarkably crisp and contoured texture and enormous structure. It’s a great wine with impressive precision.

“Bright straw yellow. Concentrated in the nose, dense, spicy herbs, mineral. On the palate, dense, concentrated, very earthy, very mineral, and a little bit of sweetness. Very long and lasting.” (94/100) Weinreporter (08/2013)

Altenberg

Altenberg Riesling - Große Lage with a dry taste profile

Devonian gray slate with rhyolite

The Montrachet of the Saar! Just like the most famous of all white wines from Burgundy, this elixir of Riesling is both aristocratic and fiery at the same time. It reverberates. The terroir of Kanzemer Altenberg is a dramatic steep slate wall, which gives the ripest grapes each year and a wine of perfect harmony and a never-ending finish! On the nose, there’s white pepper, along with fully ripe vineyard peaches, cherries, and mirabelle. Thanks to the homeopathic low yield, Altenberg has a wonderfully subtle sweet extract that gives it a challenging depth and size.

“cool, fresh, lightly mineral, pronounced citrus, juicy with fine yeasty minerality, juicy and highly elegant. 2012 Van Volxem Kanzemer Altenberg 95/100” WEINWISSER/Zürich (September 2013)

“Aromas redolent of oranges and lemon zests, fine cassis, ethereal notes. Intense, with a mineral, well-integrated acid structure. Transparent, refreshing, with elegant but impressive power and very long finish.” (95/100) —Falstaff (09/2013)

Wiltinger Gottesfuß

Alte Reben Riesling – Große Lage (Old Vine Riesling – Grand Cru) with a dry taste profile

Finely weathered Devonian red and gray slate

God’s foot? This is a sheer powerhouse of a wine—dense, concentrated, long, and silky. You experience this majestic Saar Riesling especially by its texture, structure, and mouthfeel. The ungrafted, 120-year-old vines grow in a fascinating and beautiful, but, at the same time, cruelly steep slope of mostly red slate. The wine shows the warmth of a Golden October. This noble Riesling is fiery and lively—like a flamenco dance—a taste of pure joy. It has a warm, smooth core that suddenly develops—almost explosively—into an animated variety of ripe red fruits, as well as plums, blackberries, and raisins, which ends in a lavish bouquet of English Roses.

“Restrained fragrance. Well-integrated aromas from spontaneous fermentation. Lemon and lime. Wet ston. Oscillates strongly. On the palate, with great crystalline minerality, citrus-pronounced acidity. Delicate, intense creaminess and superb power in the ever-lasting finish.” 2012 Gottesfuß Riesling Alte Reben, 97/100. “With 97/100 points the highest-rated wine of all German Grossen Gewächse from 2012“ —Falstaff (09/2013) ”VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE 2012 – From Experts for Experts”

“Intense straw yellow. Very clean, elegant and ripe fruit aromas, fine spicy slate notes, as if weathering in the glass. On the palate, dense, very intense, very classy, very complex and dense, a really great, long-lived wine, with sensuality and a cool vein. Great aging potential.” (95/100, second place of all GGs in Germany 2012)

“Bright straw yellow. Dense and concentrated nose, delicate petrol touch, herbals, very complex. On the palate, opulent, rich, and extremely long. In the fullness comes the extract, also a light ripe sweetness to fruition. It has creaminess, but it’s also gripping, just brilliant, very dense and long lingering.“ (95/100) —Weinreporter (08/2013)

Scharzhofberger P – “Pergentsknopp”

Riesling - Große Lage from the historical site of Pergentsknopp within Scharzhofberg with a dry taste profile

Finely weathered, mineral-rich blue slate

An aristocratic wine from a grand cru! “Pergentsknopp” is great opera—a wine that simply inspires us. Ripe, like mace and gorgeous exotic fruit-scented grapes—the scent already reveals a symbiosis of deeper mineral spice, dense creaminess, and complexity of the finest slate soil. In the glass, the wine then unfolds like great red Burgundy in all its complexity and seductively silky smoothness. We are grateful to be allowed to accompany such a wine from one of the best white wine sites in the world in its creation.

 

“Van Volxem Scharzhofberger P best feinherb wine Germany 2013” —Gault Millau 2014

“Bright straw yellow. On the nose, very concentrated and complex. Smoky and spicy, ripe fruit, herbal notes, minerality, but rather a little asleep compared to the already explosive Gottesfuss. This wine also has on the palate an elusive density, concentration, and depth, seems to me even more opulent and complex than Gottesfuss.“ (96/100)Weinreporter Tastingroom.com on the VDP GROSSE GEWÄCHSE 2012 SAAR (26.08.2013) 

“The most outstanding wine from Germany comes this year from Weingut Van Volxem. Despite its concentration , Scharzhofberger “Pergentsknopp” (96/100) has an extraordinary power and raciness, plus a delicacy, only to be found on the Saar…. Looking at the other Grosses Gewächse [Grosse Lagen] from Van Volxem, all of which belong at the top in Germany, it becomes clear that the potential on the Saar for great dry Rieslings has remained undetected for far too long.”WeinPlus (11/2011)

“Density, concentrated nose of candied stone fruit and citrus, with tart herbaceous vegetal aromas and intense; a little earthy minerality. Clean, dense and very juicy, bright, partly candied fruit and lively, elegant acidity, persistent and deep on the palate, clear, subtle but intense, fairly cool minerality, very young, complex, long, very fine, yet extremely exciting finish. Composed, almost self-evident greatness. Inspirational. 2013-2024+, (96/100).” WeinPlus (11/2012)

VV

Riesling with a subtle off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

Devonian slate soils.

Have you ever had the fortune to bite into a fully ripe, juicy peach on a hot summer day? And who’s mouth wouldn’t be watering at the very idea of it and happiness wouldn’t be perfect? 

Exactly that kind of pleasure we wish you with our delicious Riesling VV of the vintage 2016. VV shows intense aromatic fruit of peach and apricot which is carried by a subtle natural sweetness.

Accompanied by an animating acidity and structure-lending minerality, this wine promises a beautiful flow. This Riesling makes you fancy for more!

Rotschiefer (Red Slate)

Riesling Kabinett with an off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

From iron-rich red slate in the top Wiltingen Grosse Lagen: Gottesfuß, Kupp, and Klosterberg.

Dry? No, this feinherb wine doesn’t taste really dry. But who can resist the charm of a warm summer breeze? No wine region in the world can produce wines that are able to inspire like this Riesling from iron-rich red slate, which has an animating interplay of ripe fruit, delicate sweetness, fine acidity, and invigorating minerality. Thanks to the ripe, wholesome acidity, which also can only be made from this unique slate region, the palate constantly craves for more—thanks to the low alcohol, a wonderful pleasure without repentance.

„I loved Van Volxem Rotschiefer Kabinett 2012. It has masses of intensity … strong hints of blackcurrant and peaches. Beautiful balance characterises this off-dry wine as well as the dry 2012 Saar Riesling, that is positively pungent with mineral intensity. These Van Volxem wines are great for drinking with food.“ Jancis Robinson 07/2013

Ritterpfad

Riesling Große Lage with an off-dry (feinherb) taste profile.

Fines red and grey Devonian slate soils

A mountain, a steep slope on whose flanks the Crusaders are said to have crossed the region on narrow trails. Today a masterpiece of heavy, iron-bearing, slatey soil which has a magical effect on the Riesling grapes and drives the vines with its perfect balance to full maturity.

Our creamy Riesling Kabinett from this Grand Cru combines the earthy mineral character of the red slate with a gentle play of ripe, yellow fruits. With its low alcohol content we have created a very light, but nonetheless velvet-soft classical Riesling Kabinett, the like of which only the Saar can produce.

Bockstein

Riesling Spätlese - Große Lage with a fine-fruity taste profile

Devonian slate soils and greywacke

The Ockfener Bockstein, indisputably one of the most valuable Riesling terroirs in the world, rises up majestically in a narrow tributary valley of the Saar. With its coarse Devonian slate soils and the barren greywacke as a basis, this mountain produces finely spiced Riesling wines which are rich in character and have delighted connoisseurs for centuries with their distinctive mineral flavour and long life. Coupled with a magnificent, natural residual sugar, this perfectly balanced 2015 Spätlese develops its full aroma on the palate in a play of mature, golden-yellow fruits, and ends in an intensive, deliciously animating afterglow.  

The life-affirming harmony of "Ode to Joy" translated into a glass of wine.

Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc from vineyards in the villages of Wawern and Wiltingen with a dry taste profile

Deep topsoil of slate, along with sand, limestone, and rhyolite

A great Pinot Blanc from slate in the Saar region? We have long struggled to accept a different grape variety other than Riesling at Van Volxem. But we have continued the tradition of being the first Pinot Blanc estate on the Saar. Our style is to create in a new tradition of this classic variety a wine with moderate alcohol that pairs perfectly well with food. Again and again, we are amazed at what happens when old Pinot Blanc vines and perfect climatic conditions come together on steep slate slopes. Tiny yields of gold-colored Pinot Blanc berries give rise to a full-bodied, silky wine that unfolds into a sea of aromas of ripe exotic fruits, animating spring flowers, and the finest precious wood notes. With its moderate acidity, it goes well with various foods, not only the Provencal kitchen.

 

Windvogt

Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay from the parcel “Windvogt” with a dry taste profile

Slate soil with sand, limestone, and rhyolite

Windvogt is an old parcel name within the vineyard of Wawerner Ritterpfad. Along with Bernkastel-Kues and Wiltingen, Wawern was in the period around 1900 one of the three most important wine villages of the region, which was known already then as “Mosel.” The once very famous, but now defunct estate of Jakob Linz produced over a period of 100 years some of the highest-priced Saar wines at the famous Trier auctions. (The estate owned probably some of the oldest and first documented vineyards in the region.) Between 2005 and 2010, we acquired the prime sections of the hillside in Wawern, a total of 156 plots, or 19 ha of vineyards, and about 2 ha are located in the site of “Windvogt.”

In the 1860s, the Prussian tax inspectors already gave the parcels that make up “Windvogt” the rare and highest rating of 8 out of 8. Unlike other top Saar sites, Windvogt has not only slate, but also a mixture of sand and limestone, because here the Rhenish Slate Mountains meet the Luxembourg Basin, which is predominantly limestone. Therefore, we planted Pinot Blanc in this vineyard area.

Although the Pinot Blanc vines from Windvogt are quite young, they have excellent genetic quality, because we have planted exclusively old Burgundian clones here. This wine is only produced in very ripe vintages and is the only wine at Van Volxem that is vinified in new barriques, which gives the typical notes of vanilla. The oak barrels come from the famous French cooper Taransaud and the well-known Austrian barrel-maker Stockinger, who gets the staves from our own family’s forests in the Eifel. The wine is fermented dry and needs several years of bottle age.

Sekt 1900

Estate Sparkling Wine – Brut

In 1900, German sparkling wine, or Sekt, was highly regarded. In this period of the German Empire (1871–1918), sparkling wine was poured at many of the official festivities. It was considered as good as Champagne and was served in the best restaurants and luxury hotels of the German Empire. The magnificent villas and châteaux that dominate the Saar Valley landscape, particularly in Saarburg and Serrig, bear witness to the outstanding reputation of the sparkling wines of the Saar. One of the hallmarks of the onetime high esteem of the sparkling-wine culture of these producers was that the base wines originated exclusively from the finest slate vineyards and fermented in the traditional manner in bottle, which were allowed to mature for several years in the cellar, before they were consumed by connoisseurs. This very tradition, we follow at Van Volxem with our 1900 brut, which comes from cooler side-valley sites on the Saar. Of course, the first natural fermentation is in wooden cask and the second in the heavy, bulbous Sekt bottle, where it is matured for up to 5 years. This is also the reason for its aromatics and extremely fine bubbles. Much of the production comes from ungrafted, old vines, many from around the time of 1900. These are planted in meager slate soils. The name “1900 brut” explains the style and winemaking of this period. We strive to produce top Saar Sekt that has the seductive ripe fruit flavors, great density, complexity, and silky-smooth texture of the heyday of the Saar. We are delighted that it is in many of the best restaurants in the country.

 

“Van Volxem brut 1900 is the Sparkling Wine of the Year 2013 —FAZ am Sonntag (12/2013)

“The Van Volxem brut 1900 outclasses many champagnes…aromatic bouquet, creamy texture, fresh, elegant, and a long aftertaste.“ (18/20) Neue Züricher Zeitung (25.12.2011)

Altenberg Auslese

Riesling - Auslese - Große Lage with a fine-fruity taste profile

Devonian gray slate with rhyolite

Da uno dei pendii più ripidi della Saar, i vini che ne derivano sono di una nobiltà unica. Questa Auslese è un capolavoro di equilibrio tra la vibrante acidità e la imponente massa del residuo zuccherino.

Le note di frutta tropicale surmatura, miele di tiglio, pesche mature si fondono con le spezie bianche e qualche tocco di zafferano retaggio dell’apporto della muffa nobile.

La dinamica è imponente, ma al tempo stesso snella e agile, e lascia la bocca colma della presenza scenica del vino. La mineralità sapida, tipica del terrroir, e uno sbuffo di erbe aromatiche sono i tratti distintivi del lunghissimo finale, che lascia la bocca avida di un nuovo sorso.

Un pugno di acciaio in un dolce guanto di velluto.

Scharzhofberger Beerenauslese

Riesling - Beerenauslese - Grand Cru with a fine-fruity taste profile