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Künstler IMG_0036It was my first trip - so-called pensioner trip - with German wine friends to German wine regions. In the meantime, we have visited pretty much all the wine regions of Germany, and I have slowly (but surely) approached the Riesling. Riesling trocken is and has been, drunk by me always much, much younger. This one, from Künstler, I have kept to this day as a witness to a tradition that has lasted until now - 12 years. This year, I don't think the trip will happen. If it does, I'm afraid it will be without me. We slept through the date. As consolation (or out of annoyance), I've opened my "keepsake" now, carefully, lovingly, skeptically. Did at least the wine last until today? It has! I am almost reconciled and richer by an experience. An "old" dry Riesling - does it (or him, the pleasure) still bring it? Yes, if I remember those younger days correctly, it is not only different in the meantime, it has also become better. Can't be, my wine friends probably say, above all because they have long since drunk those wines of the first trip - and also those of all later ones. I learned that Riesling can age, but it doesn't have to. But then I read on a blog, "Riesling can do anything. Also, the aging potential of the wines is enormous." Didn't believe it. Until today, when I got to experience this combination of maturity and freshness for myself Hochheimer KirchenstückYoung Rieslings - I admit it - are usually too crisply fresh for me, often too seductive, sometimes too superficial. I miss those ripe tones that I think I find in so many "old wines". But what is old? Does the wine really have to come from the seventies, eighties or nineties to be considered old. It may be that good Rieslings become even better in old age. I could never make the experience so far, because nobody stores Rieslings so long Already my "middle-aged" bottle, here, is considered by the many young wine drinkers as too old, as stone old. Especially because it is dry. My conclusion: Even dry Rieslings can become old - and not only stay fresh - even become better,