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Is 2019 now the greatest Riesling vintage we can remember in Germany?
One prerequisite for an outstanding vintage is at least fulfilled: Even the "smaller" wines from the good producers are generally very convincing. This is not only due to the vintage conditions. After all, the quality level of wine producers in general has never been as high as it is today. Nevertheless, we can recall some vintages of the past decade that turned out much less uniform than 2019.

At the top, however, this uniformity at a high level does not prevail everywhere. Some of the top wines from 2019 seem to lack a little complexity and depth. After a convincing start, some of them remain conspicuously inconspicuous on the palate. We're not talking about understatement or special elegance and delicacy that just have to be tapped into; no, some nominally top Rieslings lack what distinguishes very good wine from great or even great. The reason for this is dryness. Where water is lacking, even the best winemaker cannot produce miracle wines from the best vineyard. There are limits to aromatic expression and concentration.

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