Egon Müller Scharzhof

The Müller family owns 7 hectares in the famous Scharzhofberg vineyard in Wiltingen, which lies on the River Saar, not far from where it drains into the Mosel, just downstream from Saarburg. The family exploits their single vineyard holding to the full, and consequently are ranked among the region's top wine producers. The estate has been in the hands of the Müller family since the late 18th century.


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2007 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese

Varietal(s): 100% Riesling

Region/Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Alcohol: 10%

Tasting notes

Spätlese wines can carry more sugar than Kabinett without losing their balance and while they are off-dry to semi-sweet when young they reward cellaring with a degree of complexity that is hard to find anywhere else. Wiltinger braune Kupp tends to be more full-bodied while the Scharzhofberger can develop into truly elegant wines that defy the categories of sweet and dry.

Case configuration: 12 X 750ml

Product number: 116269

Distribution: Vintages

Price: $99.95

Scores/Awards: 93 points Wine Spectator · 94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2007 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

Varietal(s): 100% Riesling

Region/Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Alcohol: 13%

Tasting notes

Only the “Prädikat” wines from the Scharzhofberg and from Wiltinger braune Kupp carry vineyard designations. The slaty minerality and the Saar’s acidity dominate the fruit flavours. They are off dry but can taste quite dry because of the low alcoholic strength. Refreshing when young but can age gracefully for 10 or more years especially the Scharzhofberg which develop tremendous complexity with bottle age.

Case configuration: 12 X 750ml

Product number: 720201

Distribution: Vintages

Price: $49.00

Scores/Awards: 90 points Wine Spectator · 90 points Wine Enthusiast

2006 Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese "Gold"

Varietal(s): 100% Riesling

Region/Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Alcohol: 14%

Tasting notes

The Müllers' vineyards are not sprayed against Botrytis and in most years they see some developing on their grapes. When there is sufficient noble rot they try to harvest these grapes separately. Auslese has its name from this selection process and the botrytis adds a whole different set of aromas and flavours to the wine. The wines can be sweet to very sweet but they always have the acidity to match and while they are very seductive when young, they have an enormous ageing potential.

Case configuration: 12 X 750ml

Product number: 720359

Distribution: Vintages

Price: $247.00

Scores/Awards: 92 points Wine Spectator · 94+ points Wine Enthusiast

2001 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese "Gold"

Varietal(s): 100% Riesling

Region/Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Alcohol: 8%

Tasting notes

Intense, focused and full of pear, beeswax, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors on a lightweight, open texture. Beautiful balance and integration of all its elements. Drink now through 2015. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Web Only, 2003)

Case configuration: 12 X 375ml

Product number: 613406

Distribution: Vintages

Price: $21.95

Scores/Awards: 94 points Wine Spectator