Müller

Stefan Müller
  • “The discovery of the year comes from the Mosel region, more precisely from the Saar. 28-year-old Stefan Müller is a young man, but he makes wines like an old hand. He invents nothing new and yet is resolutely modern. With wines that tell of craftsmanship and origin, he brings the unknown terroir of the Saar into the spotlight... This young winegrower will belong among the greats in ten years.”

    — Gault Millau Wine Guide Discovery of the Year 2017

The Müller estate consists of 10 hectares, mostly Riesling (90% of their holdings) and a little Pinot, both Noir and Blanc. Everything is hand-harvested on rolling hillsides teeming with life and vegetation. The vines see no herbicides and no pesticides—only some fungicide when needed. In addition, Stefan Müller is a neighbor and close friend with Johannes Weber at Falkenstein, and they share several vineyards in the Saar. 


The labels depict topographical maps of each vineyard. The most well-known site they have is Krettnacher Altenberg—mainly blue slate and the local green slate known as Diabas (cf. Zilliken’s vineyards)—but their largest holding is the Euchariusberg (pronounced oy-sharius-berg) where they have 5 hectares of vines planted in 1944 and 1964. The parcels in Niedermennig are red slate and contain many old, ungrafted vines.


In the cellar, Müller also follows a surprisingly ad hoc usage of barrels and tanks, with no strict design for which wines go in what vessel; however, once a wine starts fermentation in one tank or barrel, it ages in that same vessel until completion. There is no chaptalization, and all wines ferment with wild yeast; sulfur is only added at bottling. In other words, Stefan skews organic at his small estate, but does not adhere strictly to the regimen that word implies: he is, in a word, pragmatic. The wines at Müller are exquisitely balanced, succulent, wildly aromatic, unapologetically ripe, and true to the Saar.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB3505-17
Sustainable
Riesling Spätlese Krettnacher Euchariusberg
2017
Riesling
61g RS and 10.5g acid. Harvested at a comparatively low 86° Oechsle in the Wawerthal, a west-facing sector of this cool, steep vineyard... Read More
Germany Mosel

DB3504-172
Sustainable
Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben Niedermenniger Sonnenberg
2017
Riesling
53g RS, 9.9g acid. Harvested at 84° Oechsle from 50-year-old vines (planted in 1967). Fantastically dense and minerally with a super-sexy,... Read More
Germany Mosel

DB3503-17
Sustainable
Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Niedermenniger Herrenberg
2017
Riesling
31g/l RS, 9.3g acid, 9.5% alc. From 45-year-old vines, vinified in steel. Truly the quintessential Saar Kabinett. Racy, delicate and ultra-... Read More
Germany Mosel

DB3501-172
Sustainable
Riesling Trocken
2017
Riesling
8.1g/l RS, 10.5% alc. From 50-year-old vines harvested in the Niedermenniger Herrenberg (red slate) and vinified in barrel with wild yeasts... Read More
Germany Mosel

DB3506-17
Sustainable
Riesling Auslese Krettnacher Euchariusberg
2017
Riesling
80g RS, 10.4g of acid. Harvested at 94° Oechsle with a touch of bortytis in the exceptional Gross Schock section of the vineyard. Vinified... Read More
Germany Mosel