A few old Grunhaus wines

A highlight of my annual trip to Trier is dinner with Renata and Carl von Schubert and this year was no exception, and seemed particularly celebratory now the estate is back in the VDP and Carl is the president following a few political issues.

A 1982 Clos des Goisses was just perfect to begin, reductive still post its 2009 disgorgement. Bright red berries and firm.

We started with an 86 Kab from Bruderberg, I always enjoy tasting this little piece of the estate and as I said elsewhere it seems to me that old Kab is a real undervalued treasure.

We followed with 79 and 82 Abtsberg Kabs, 95 and 71 Spatlese (Herrenberg and Abtsberg) before a stunning trio of Auslesen.

88 then 89 Herrenberg Auslese (the 88 #153) and 85 Abtsberg #190. My companions were great aficionados of the estate and it’s a delight to see them nail the wines blind. Everything was served blind.

We finished with the 1993 Eiswein from Abtsberg. I have enjoyed several of the 93 Herrenberg but this fuder 190 was new to me, Abtsberg generally producing fewer eiswein and what a treat it was.

A few burgundies (88 Bachelet Charmes, 91 Leroy NSG and others) an 85 Ducru and various other treats helped lubricate us.

It approached midnight before we knew it so with a long day at the auction ahead we crept to bed happy.

“Nail the wines blind”. Great drinking companions.

Love the passing mention of '88 Bachelet Charmes!

Oops. It was the Corbeaux. My wine!

This bottle was a bit less stern than another enjoyed in July. Probably needs more time though.

The first eagle atop a Grunhaus in living memory.