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C.H. BERRES

Region: Mosel
City: Ürzig
Winery Website: www.c-h-berres.de/
Winery GPS Coordinates: 49.981, 7.009

OVERVIEW

Since 1510 the Berres family has grown and made great Rieslings in the privileged sites of Ürzig, Erden and Wehlen. Markus Berres, 21st generation, succeeded his father Alfred in 2004. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and one year in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus is relaunching his family’s nine-acre estate with updated wines and packages, including Stelvin closures on all bottles.

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HISTORY

The Berres family is recorded to have resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, has taken the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage, and is in the process of effecting one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history.

Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate's great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance.

Carl Hubert's grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig's famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden's Treppchen. While fine wines continued to be made in the original Berres/Nicolay cellars, sales were limited to the local trade, with significant accumulation of great 1990s vintages in the Berres cellars as a result.

Ürzig and Erden are famous for their red slate soils and singular rock outcroppings that retain heat and concentrate the typical herb-spice of the wines. These are the only villages in the Mosel allowed to replant without grafting, as phylloxera was never able to penetrate the rock barriers.

Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres has approached the 2004 vintage looking enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings. As a remarkably affordable introduction, Markus has christened his new Estate Riesling from top sites Impulse--symbolic of the renewed energy and optimism at this proud estate.

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PRESS

Berres Estate Riesling (2015) - "Fragrant notes of white blossom and peach waft from this juicy off-dry Riesling. Creamy and luscious in texture, it offers concentrated tangerine and stone-fruit flavors balanced briskly with acidity."

89 Points
Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 1, 2017

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese (2011) - "An intensely golden color, with thick, viscous apricot, peach, cream and honey flavors that are rich and powerful. This offers a panoply of spices as well, including clove and nutmeg. The fat finish shows some citrus notes. Drink now through 2040. 20 cases made."

92 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, May 1, 2013

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (2011) - ""A crisp white, with peach cobbler, apple pie and pear tart flavors that feature smoky notes. Broad-shouldered, offering a long, spicy finish of slate and herb. Drink now through 2035. 220 cases made."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 1, 2013

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Impulse Riesling (2010) - "Lots of mineral and stone notes mark this firm, focused Riesling. Juicy on the midpalate, joined by pear and apple flavors. Shows plenty of citrus zest on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases made. "

88 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 1, 2012

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (2010) - "A rich, buttery aroma leads to a vibrant, luxuriant mix of ripe apricot, peach and kiwifruit flavors that are flanked by notes of smoke and spice. Velvety and lush on the finish, which is filled with notes of cream and golden raisin. Drink now through 2050. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 40 cases made."

95 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Mar 1, 2012

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2010) - "Apple tart flavors are fresh and fruity, with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Pear and lemon curd linger on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 320 cases made."

89 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb 1, 2012

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (2010) - "Intense mineral and sea salt notes give this a racy allure. Crisp green apple and white cherry are rich and finely textured. This really hums on the finish with ripe citrus and kiwifruit notes. Drink now through 2032. 210 cases made."

92 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb 1, 2012

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2010) - "This rich white is filled with layered flavors of peach, pear, apple and ripe citrus, with a vein of intense minerality. Long and lush on the endless finish, which features concentrated spice and pastry notes. Drink now through 2040. 115 cases made."

93 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Feb 1, 2012

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2009) - "This shows good definition, balance and concentration to the snappy apple, peach and pear flavors. The lilting finish offers spice and hints of smoke, with lots of mineral accents. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 330 cases made."

90 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2011

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Impulse Riesling (2008) - "This light yellow colored Riesling opens with a lime, pineapple and candle wax like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, crisp and slightly effervescent. The flavor profile is a lively tart green apple with hints of minerality, tangerine, and lemon. The finish is semi-dry and refreshing. This wine would pair well with sliced ham with a brown sugar sauce or nut encrusted haibut. Enjoy."

86 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 1, 2011

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2009) - "A ripe style, with pretty notes of orange blossom to the ripe apricot, red peach and white cherry flavors. Features mineral and cream on the long, rich finish. Drink now through 2032. 37 cases made."

92 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2011

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese (2009) - "Thick, rich and expressive, with concentrated flavors of ripe apricot, peach and butterscotch that show hints of marzipan. Powerful acidity provides the structure, and the long finish is intensely buttery and spicy. Drink now through 2045. 20 cases made."

96 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2011

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Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese (2009) - "Intense and minerally, with good cut to the blood orange and grapefruit flavors that are supported by plenty of firm acidity. The crystalline finish features notes of sea salt and lemon. Best from 2013 through 2020. 40 cases made."

91 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2011

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (2010) - "A rich, buttery aroma leads to a vibrant, luxuriant mix of ripe apricot, peach and kiwifruit flavors that are flanked by notes of smoke and spice. Velvety and lush on the finish, which is filled with notes of cream and golden raisin. Drink now through 2050. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 40 cases made."

95 Points
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, Mar 1, 2011

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2008) - "This white offers breadth and depth, with nectarine and apple flavors underscored by a citrus component. The wine's richness matches with the vibrant acidity, leaving a long, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 875 cases made."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jun 18, 2010

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2007) - "Appealing, with orange, passion fruit, peach and citrus flavors. Light-bodied and refreshing, it's drier than many in this category, with fine harmony and length."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2009

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2006) - "Young Markus Berres is clearly establishing himself as a major Mosel talent. The Berres “three star” 2006 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese smells of sassafras, Chartreuse-like herbal-floral distillate, and honey. With a subtly creamy yet light and “cool” sorbet-like palate projection (like the corresponding Berres Urziger), this rich, quite sweet Auslese manages to be quite refreshing as well. Nut brittle, cinnamon, grilled pineapple, sassafras, and honey star in its long, pure, ennobled yet still refreshing finish. This, too, will no doubt stand a quarter century in the cellar. "

91 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Oct 1, 2008

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2006) - "This light yellow wine opens with a very attractive perfumed pear like bouquet with citrus overtones. On the palate, the wine display lively acidity, shows some weight, creaminess, and has a refreshing sweetness to it. The wine has iced tea like flavors with lemon hints. The wine would be a nice summer sipper or for those of you in Florida this winter enjoy it on the lanai. Cheers - Ken"


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Nov 30, 2007

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (2005) - "Shows an intese lemon candy flavor, with hints of caramel, spice and sweetness offset by tangy acidity. Elegant, fresh and beautifully balanced, with a long finish. Drink now through 2040. 10 cases made. "

97 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2007

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "Tastes like there's a touch of botrytis Lemon candy, spice and marzipan mingle with the sweetness and the lively structure. Almost sweet-tart, like an eiswein, then ends with a mouthwatering tanginess. Very intense. Best from 2009 through 2028. 23 cases made."

95 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan 1, 2007

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Impulse Riesling (2005) - "Easy-drinking, off-dry Riesling, full of summer fruit flavors and bracing acidity."


Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2007

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2005) - "Loads of spices infuse an off-dry pool of apples and limes. Drink now-8 years. - Riesling recommendation, three stars."


Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide, Jan 1, 2007

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2005) - "Great zip and clarity define the notes of flowers and lime, all driven by an intense stoniness that will emerge over time. Has the light elegance of kabinett with the electric 2005 profile. Drink now through 2018."

90 Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2006

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Impulse Riesling (2005) - "A nice mix of peach, lime and slate notes mark this juicy Riesling. Firm finishing with a burst of white pepper and stone. Drink now through 2012."

88+ Points
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Dec 1, 2006

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (2005) - "[This wine] is a strikingly successful harbinger of things no doubt to come at this estate and a wine well worth a search of the proverbial marketplace and a couple of decades of scrutiny from the safety of your cellar. Smelling of pineapple, lemon candy, sassafras, pear nectar, and nut oils, this wine wafts its way across the palate with invigorating and succulent fresh-fruitedness, faintly oily texture and a marvelous complexity of citrus, sweet herbal, floral, and nut oil nuances. More of the same enticing juiciness, delicacy, and complexity follow on the finish, with the strongest notes being of pear nectar, pineapple, and sassafras. This Riesling's 9.5% alcohol serves as a reminder that young Berres allowed the fermentation to progress further than is typical nowadays for a wine of such high must weight, and he has achieved a wonderful balance: an Auslese not overwhelmingly sweet, yet elegant and buoyant despite its relatively high alcohol. Congratulations are in order! "

95 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Oct 31, 2006

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Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (2005) - "Demonstrates that Berres's stunning A.P. #7 was no fluke. The nose on this TBA is of salt water taffy, cherry and peach preserves, lemon candy, fresh lemon, and smoky, spicy elements of noble rot. On the palate, the wine displays remarkable lightness and invigorating elements of fresh citrus and salty minerality. The finish is persistently juicy and remarkably fresh-fruited with rich peach topped by hints of vanilla, brown spice, and grilled grapefruit. I can't say that this strikes me as clearly destined for very long cellaring by TBA standards, but I would not hold that against it, nor hesitate to assume a good couple of decades' potential. "

93 Points
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate, Oct 31, 2006

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Erdener Treppchen Riesling Beerenauslese (1990) - "It's rare to see older vintages of German wines released straight from the estate cellars, so if you haven't had the chance to sample older German dessert wines, this may be worth a try. It's pretty darn good, too, with lovely clover blossom and honey scents leading into dried apricot and juicy pineapple flavors. Don't expect a thick, syrupy wine - this has a light touch and impeccable balance that might best be paired with foie gras, fresh fruit or mild cheeses rather than full-blown dessert. Reasonably priced, considering the prädikat and age. "

91 Points
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 1, 2006

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Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese AP 9 (2004) - "A nicely balanced auslese that's not too rich or sweet, marrying ripe apples and pears with floral notes, tropical fruits and a healthy dose of crushed-stone minerality. Finishes with flourishes of pineapple and citrus."

90 Points
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2006

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Berres Estate Riesling (2015)

Berres Estate Riesling (2012)

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Impulse Riesling (2014)

Impulse Riesling (2013)

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Kinheimer Hubertuslay Kabinett (2002)

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Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese (2004)

Ürziger Goldwingert Riesling Auslese (1997)

Ürziger Würzgarten Pinot Blanc Kabinett (2011)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese (1998)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese (1997)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese (2009)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese (1995)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2011)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2007)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2006)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett (2002)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (2004)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (1999)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (1997)

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Goldkapsel (2005)

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Wehlener Klosterberg Kabinett (1998)

Wehlener Klosterberg Spätlese (1999)

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