Clemens Busch

  • Mosel, Germany
  • "Rita and Clemens Busch are long establishing the organic domain among the finest Riesling producers in all of Germany. The recent three vintages are full of highlights again, namely among the dry wines, which are all sourced from old vines in different sections of the Pündericher Marienburg with its many different parts, expositions, altitudes and soil colors. The wines are authentic, expressive and have an inimitable identity that represents the particular origin of which the terraced parts with the often ungrafted vines can give unforgettable drinking experience (Fahrlay Terrassen, Felsterrasse, Raffes). These are not wines to enjoy quickly or even thoughtlessly. I'd rather recommend to drink them slowly, not too cool and with all the time they need and you are ready to give them."   -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

We are especially excited to be working with Clemens and Rita Busch, biodynamic practitioners in the Marienburg vineyards of Pünderich. Clemens is the fifth generation winemaker at this estate (all the previous ones were also named Clemens; ever the iconoclast, he named his son Florian) and he began using organic practices in 1984, more recently transitioning to biodynamics, for which he has become a role model and beacon of change among German winemakers.

Location is crucial to mention here. Pünderich lies essentially at the dividing line between the Middle and Lower Mosel, the wilder and more remote northern section of the Mosel river system. The geology here is unique, based on a volcanic formation hundreds of millions of years old, manifested in a long, undulating cliff face that is nothing short of epic. The three main colors of slate (blue, red and grey) are all found here, dominating different parcels along the slopes across the river from the village. In spite of multiple slate profiles and expositions varying throughout the area, the German government in 1971, in a bureaucratic decision of breathtaking short-sightedness, lumped all these parcels together under one vineyard name, the Marienburg. Furthermore, they expanded what was a 23-hectare geographically coherent site into a 90-hectare politically drawn one, which even includes a series of flat sites on the opposite side of the river! Clemens has devoted his career to rectifying this mistake, identifying the different terroirs of the original hillside on his labels by their historical names: Fahrlay, Falkenlay, Rothenpfad, Felsterrasse, and Raffes. He further delineates his wines by their soil type, using an ingenious method: the color of the capsule on the bottles indicates the type of slate (blue, gray or red) that dominates the source from which each wine comes.

Most of the wines at the Busch estate are vinified dry, and they are rich, complex and often powerful. They age very beautifully, gaining in complexity and texture. However, the sweet and noble sweet wines from the estate are also impressive, ranking among the finest wines made anywhere on the Mosel.

It is important to note there are not a lot of committed "natural" winemakers in Germany in the sense that we know it from France and elsewhere; Busch is considered by many to be THE master interpreter of that philosophy in Germany. In numerous ways, these are some of the most iconoclastic wines we have ever tasted. More information is available on the Clemens Busch website.

 

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region
DB8794-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling (alter-) Native
2019
Riesling
A new cuvée! Previously this all went to Quebec, but we will get some for NY this year. Grown in grey slate on the Marienburg.... Read More
Germany

DB8409-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Falkenlay
2019
Riesling
65-90 year old ungrafted vines planted on grey slate. A dry wine from a site famous for its noble sweets. Firm, vivid, gingery, incredibly... Read More
Germany

DB0908-18
Biodynamic
93WA
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg
2018
Riesling
From the original Marienburg parcel which has been in the Busch family for generations. This large grey slate parcel produced in 2016 a... Read More
Germany

DB0908-19
Biodynamic
JS:93
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg
2019
Riesling
From the original Marienburg parcel which has been in the Busch family for generations. This large grey slate parcel produced in 2016 a... Read More
Germany

DB0908-20
Biodynamic
JS:94
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg
2020
Riesling
From the original Marienburg parcel which has been in the Busch family for generations. This large grey slate parcel produced in 2016 a... Read More
Germany

DB0235-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Fahrlay
2019
Riesling
A Bowler favorite, year after year. Clemens’ only parcel of blue slate on the Marienburg, which imparts luster, florality, sizzling acids... Read More
Germany

DB0898-18
JS:94
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Fahrley-Terrasen
2018
Riesling
Grapes for this cuvée are harvested on the steepest terraces of the Fahrlay grand cru, a volcanic formation of blue slate that is hundreds... Read More
Germany

DB0897-18
Biodynamic
94WA
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Rothenpfad
2018
Riesling
The Big Red One. The Rothenpfad interestingly is the terminus of the iron- and copper-rich red-colored geological formation that starts in... Read More
Germany

DB0897-19
Biodynamic
JS:96
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Rothenpfad
2019
Riesling
The Big Red One. The Rothenpfad interestingly is the terminus of the iron- and copper-rich red-colored geological formation that starts in... Read More
Germany

DB0897-20
Biodynamic
JS:96
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Rothenpfad
2020
Riesling
The Big Red One. The Rothenpfad interestingly is the terminus of the iron- and copper-rich red-colored geological formation that starts in... Read More
Germany
DB4529-18
Biodynamic
JS:97
Clemens Busch Riesling GG Marienburg Rothenpfad RESERVE
2018
Riesling
The Big Red One. The Rothenpfad interestingly is the terminus of the iron- and copper-rich red-colored geological formation that starts in... Read More
Germany
DB0237-18
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Marienburg Raffes GROSSE LAGE
2018
Riesling
From predominantly ungrafted vines on gray slate, the Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Raffes is a rich and powerful yet elegant and... Read More
Germany

DB8787-18
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling (Trocken) Nonnengarten "Fass 29"
2019
Riesling Germany

DB8787-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling (Trocken) Nonnengarten "Fass 29"
2019
Riesling
A grand-cru parcel to the right of the Marienburg, with red slate (rich in iron content), Nonnengarten is not made in every vintage. Dubbed... Read More
Germany
DB1126-20
Biodynamic
JS:96
Clemens Busch Riesling Spatlese Goldkapsel Marienburg
2020
Riesling
Mouthfillingly round, intense and juicy on the palate, this is a stimulatingly piquant, fresh and salty Spätlese with a sensual texture and... Read More
Germany

DB1034-19
Biodynamic
JS:94
Clemens Busch Riesling Spätlese Marienburg
2019
Riesling
Made from riper grapes in several of his grand cru sections.
Germany

DB1034-20
Biodynamic
JS:95
Clemens Busch Riesling Spätlese Marienburg
2020
Riesling
Made from riper grapes in several of his grand cru sections.
Germany

DB8406-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken
2019
Riesling
8.3g acid and 4-5g RS, all grown in grey slate from multiple parcels in the Marienburg (including the portions that lie across the river,... Read More
Germany

DB8406-20
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Trocken
2020
Riesling
8.3g acid and 4-5g RS, all grown in grey slate from multiple parcels in the Marienburg (including the portions that lie across the river,... Read More
Germany

DB3610-20
Biodynamic
90WA, 94WS
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Blauen Schiefer
2020
Riesling Germany

DB8407-18
Biodynamic
91WA
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Grauen Schiefer
2018
Riesling
”From grey slate,” sourced from the same sites that supply Clemens’ GG wines. Stone dust and lemon/lime flavors surge through the nose and... Read More
Germany

DB8407-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Grauen Schiefer
2019
Riesling
”From grey slate,” sourced from the same sites that supply Clemens’ GG wines. Stone dust and lemon/lime flavors surge through the nose and... Read More
Germany

DB8407-20
Biodynamic
JS:91
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Grauen Schiefer
2020
Riesling
”From grey slate,” sourced from the same sites that supply Clemens’ GG wines. Stone dust and lemon/lime flavors surge through the nose and... Read More
Germany

DB8408-18
Biodynamic
92WA
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer
2018
Riesling
”From red slate,” sourced from the same site that supplies Clemens’ GG wine on red slate, namely the Rothenpfad. The red slate works its... Read More
Germany

DB8408-19
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer
2019
Riesling
”From red slate,” sourced from the same site that supplies Clemens’ GG wine on red slate, namely the Rothenpfad. The red slate works its... Read More
Germany

DB8408-20
Biodynamic
JS:92
Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer
2020
Riesling
”From red slate,” sourced from the same site that supplies Clemens’ GG wine on red slate, namely the Rothenpfad. The red slate works its... Read More
Germany

DB1129-10
Biodynamic
Clemens Busch Riesling Auslese Marienburg Rothenpfad
2010
Riesling
Available in 12/375ml only. Extremely limited.
Germany
DB1032-18
Biodynamic
JS:98
Clemens Busch Riesling Marienburg Fahrlay RESERVE
2018
Riesling
Aged for two years on the lees and bottled unfiltered, the Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay Reserve from old ungrafted vines is the... Read More
Germany