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EGON MÜLLER WINS WINEMAKERS’ WINEMAKER AWARD 2015

The honour, which has been awarded every year since 2011, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen by a panel of winemaking peers that comprise all Masters of Wine who are winemakers, plus the award’s past winners: Peter Sisseck of Dominio de Pingus (2011), Peter Gago of Penfolds (2012), Paul Draper of Ridge (2013), and Anne-Claude Leflaive of Domaine Leflaive (2014).

Egon Müller said: “I was both surprised and very pleased to hear that I had been awarded this prize – and it gives me particular pleasure not only to be singled out in this way by my fellow winemakers but also to be given this award by the Masters of Wine who have always stood for an ethical wine trade. The Scharzhof estate has a winemaking history that predates the six generations of my family by many hundreds of years – possibly back to the Romans – and I am very glad that my families care and concern with honouring this long and illustrious history is recognised in this award.”

Egon Müller, son of Egon and Eleonore-Charlotte Müller, was born in the great summer of 1959. The story goes that his father gave him a drop of 1949 Scharzhofberger feinste Auslese before his first drink of mother’s milk.

He was raised on the estate of Egon Müller Scharzhof and went to school at Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium in Trier, the only school that had its own wine estate. After school he went to work as an intern in France, first at Château Pichon Lalande and then at Château Yquem. He then studied Oenologie at Fachhochschule Geisenheim.

After Geisenheim he spent a year in the USA at the Robert Mondavi Winery and with Château and Estate Wines in New York. After working for 6 month in the Yamanashi winegrowing region in Japan, he went to work permanently with his father at the family estate, which he took over in 1991.

In presenting the award, Sarah Jane Evans MW, chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine said: “I am delighted to be presenting this award to Egon Müller. He is recognised globally for the exceptional quality of his wine and his uncompromising standards. He also represents the commitment to excellence which is at the heart of the Institute’s work. We are especially pleased that he becomes the first German winemaker to be honoured with this prize here in his homeland.”

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History

The Egon Müller estate has been in the hands of the Müller family since 1797.

In the Mosel’s steep, slate vineyards, the winemaking master Egon Müller makes breathtaking Rieslings. The estate owns 8.3 of the 28 hectares of the famous Scharzhofberg vineyard in Germany’s Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The family exploits their single-vineyard holding to the fullest, and consequently is ranked among the region’s top wine producers. These wines are taut and racy, with dazzling fruit; they’re severely mineral and have an endless finish.

 

Egon Müller’s wines are all made using estate-grown fruit from two parcels: 8.3 hectares of Scharzhof and 4 hectares of Le Gallais. The Scharzhofberg, or Scharzhof Mountain, is among the finest Riesling sites in Germany and is considered Grand Cru. As such, it is allowed to be labeled with its vineyard name, or “Einzellage”, rather than its village name. The Müller holdings here include a parcel of un-grafted vines that were planted in the 19th century. These wines deliver at the highest level of quality and are without question among the world’s great wines. They are fine, balanced, authentic, and enjoyable young as well as after many years of cellaring. The Müller family added to its estate holdings by purchasing Weingut "Le Gallais" in Wiltingen in 1954. 
 

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Vineyards

The Scharzhofberg vineyard has been greatly renowned for centuries as one of the greatest vineyards in all of Germany.

According to Egon Muller, the monks' vineyard was first cited in existing records that date back as far as 1340, and one of the most interesting historical aspects of the estate is that it has always been recognized for its vineyard land. Many of the other large historical estates in the region would have been built on a mixed agricultural base, as winemaking for centuries in Germany was not a full-time occupation that paid the bills. Naturally the ecclesiastical origins of the estate would have factored in heavily to no other agricultural production being undertaken at the property (the bills being taken care of in a number of other ways), but it also seems quite clear that when a hill such as the Scharzhofberg produces such outstanding grapes, it would have been historical folly to pursue other crops on the property. As Herr Muller so aptly phrases the proposition in his understated and gentlemanly style, the fact that “the estate never had any property of consequence apart from the vineyards leads us to believe that the vineyards were considered valuable at this time. More than likely, the recognition of the Scharzhofberg's value, like that of the great Abtsberg-Herrenberg slope of Maximin Grunhauser, dates all the way back to the Romans.

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Inside information

- Scharzhofberg: 8.5 ha (21 acres) (largely heavily weathered grey slate)

- Wiltinger braune Kupp: 4 ha (9.88 acres) (mixture of mainly red and grey slate)

- Saarburger Antoniusbrunnen: 1.4 ha (3.46 acres)(grey slate)

- Wawerner Jesuitengarten: 0.3 ha (0.74 acres)(grey shale)

- Oberemmeler Rosenberg: 1 ha (2.47 acres)(grey slate with greywacke)

- Wiltinger Braunfels: 0.4 ha (0.99 acres)(grey slate)

- Wiltinger Kupp: 0.4 ha (0.99 acres)(mixture of red and grey slate)

 

At the Scharzhof we favour a traditionally minimalist approach to winemaking. Our work continues to be based on the quality-driven philosophy of the late Egon Müller III.: "One hundred per cent of the quality of a wine is generated in the vineyard. It is impossible to reach even 101 per cent in the cellars but it is a great achievement to pack the full potential of the vines into a bottle".

We believe that it is the quality of our vineyards that allows us to produce the best grapes and we go to great lengths to fully exhaust this potential.Our Northern climate is characterised by great annual fluctuations, which means that every year is full of new challenges. However, the foundations for our work remain the same:

- Old vines of which some have ancient roots that originate from the 19th century.

- Low yields that never exceed 60 hl/ha and frequently are as small as 30 hl/ha.

- Intensive ploughing up to six times a year.

- Very restrained use of chemicals: no chemical fertilisers, no herbicides, no insecticides and as few fungicides as possible.

We still ardently believe in the philosophy of natural wine which, unfortunately, has been abandoned by the German Wine Act of 1971.

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9 different wines with 52 vintages

Winemaking since 1797

  • Egon Müller III

    "One hundred per cent of the quality of a wine is generated in the vineyard. It is impossible to reach even 101 per cent in the cellars but it is a great achievement to pack the full potential of the vines into a bottle".

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 Andrea Rinaldi / Sommelier, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  39 wines 

Last weekends best wines including Cheval 1959, Romanee Conti 1970 etc.

2m 16d ago

 Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  2 wines 

Château Haut-Brion, Péssac-Léognan, France, 1989, 100pts. Perhaps the most harmonious wine I have ever tasted. This wine had it all - just perfect and sensational. This wine is just from another planet!

3m 16d ago

 Aldo Sohm / Best Sommelier in the World 2008, Pro (Austria)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  10 wines 

"MY TOP 10 WINES OF THE 2016"

3m 21d ago

 Marie-Helen Krebs, Sommelier (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Robert Weil 2003 / THE CALENDAR YEAR 2003 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A YEAR OF WEATHER SUPERLATIVES. SINCE 1860, WHEN METEOROLOGICAL DATA WAS FIRST RECORDED ON A REGULAR BASIS IN THE RHEINGAU, THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE HOURS OF SUNSHINE - 350 HOURS MORE THAN AVERAGE. IT WAS THE OVERALL WARMEST SUMMER EVER, WITH THE HIGHEST DAYTIME AND NIGH TIME TEMPERATURES EVER RECORDED: 40.2°C/104.4°F AND 27.6°C/81.7°F, RESPECTIVELY. WATER LEVELS, EVEN IN THE LARGEST RIVERS, REACHED AN ALL-TIME LOW.
NATURALLY, THIS WEATHER ALSO HAD AN IMPACT ON THE VITICULTURAL YEAR. EVERY STAGE OF THE ENTIRE VEGETATION PERIOD IN 2003 CAN BE PREFACED WITH “EARLY” OR “AHEAD OF SCHEDULE”: EARLY BUD BREAK, VERY EARLY BLOSSOMING (16 DAYS EARLIER THAN THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE) AND OVERALL DEVELOPMENT AND RIPENING WELL AHEAD OF THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE.
ALL OF THIS DATA, OF COURSE, HAS LED TO GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR THE 2003 VINTAGE – ALL OF WHICH ARE JUSTIFIED. THANKS TO THEIR BALANCED SOIL STRUCTURE – A MIX OF STONY PHYLLITE WITH LOESS-LOAM – OUR VINEYARDS WERE ABLE TO STORE SUFFICIENT WATER RESERVES TO ENSURE THAT THE GRAPES HAD ENOUGH WATER DURING THE DRY SUMMER. THE EXCEPTIONAL AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE ENABLED THE GRAPES TO DEVELOP AND RIPEN TO PERFECTION – WE WERE ABLE TO HARVEST GOLDEN-YELLOW, COMPLETELY HEALTHY, HIGH-QUALITY GRAPES OF SPÄTLESE RIPENESS AT A TIME WHEN WE WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT GRAPES OF QBA RIPENESS. THE HARVEST BEGAN ON 22 SEPTEMBER – THE EARLIEST SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THE ESTATE IN 1875.
IN OUR GRAND CRU SITE “KIEDRICH GRÄFENBERG” THE CROP YIELDED WINES IN THE PREMIUM CATEGORY ERSTES GEWÄCHS AS WELL AS LUSCIOUSLY SWEET DESSERT WINES WITH OECHSLE LEVELS UP TO 316 DEGREES. THESE WERE ALSO RECORD-BREAKING MUST WEIGHTS FOR WEINGUT ROBERT WEIL.
ONCE AGAIN, FOR THE 15TH YEAR IN A ROW, WE WERE ABLE TO HARVEST EVERY QUALITY CATEGORIES POSSIBLE, FROM QBA TO TROCKENBEERENAUSLESE AND EISWEIN.
YIELDS IN 2003 AVERAGED 53 HL/HA – SLIGHTLY LESS THAN THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE OF 55 HL/HA.
AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW VINTAGE IN THE CELLAR, WE CAN SAY WITH INCREASING CONFIDENCE, THAT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE WONDERFUL 2001 AND 2002 VINTAGES, WE HAVE YET ANOTHER PHENOMENAL VINTAGE AT HAND. THE WINES ARE MARKED BY A SENSATIONAL WEALTH OF AROMAS, A LONG FINISH, AND A FINE, LIVELY ACIDITY.
NATURE HAS BESTOWED US WITH A TRIO OF PERFECT VINTAGES AT THE START OF THE NEW CENTURY – EACH WITH ITS OWN PERSONALITY – BUT ALL WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY DEPTH AND SUBSTANCE THAT MAKE FOR VERY EXCITING TASTINGS.

3m 22d ago

 Aldo Sohm / Best Sommelier in the World 2008, Pro (Austria)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  9 wines 

MY TOP 10 WINES OF THE 2016

5m 4d ago

 Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  3 wines 

Stonewell Shiraz, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Australia, 1989, 98pts (Tasted in Magnum). Magnificent on the nose with a superb velvety texture.

5m 24d ago

 Aldo Sohm / Best Sommelier in the World 2008, Pro (Austria)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  6 wines 

I love Champagne from Chartogne Taillet. I like old Dom Perignon — it’s a large house but very consistent, ‘73, ‘75, ’69. I also like Roederer a lot. Definitely Burgundy, white and red. 82 Leflaive Montrachet; ‘78 is fine too.


Seventy-one La Tache without a doubt, is one of the greatest red Burgundies ever made. Egon Muller ‘71 Riesling kabinett. A trockenbeerenauslese would be cool too.

7m 20d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Penfolds Bin 7 Coonawarra Cabernet Kalimna Shiraz 1967 - Fine-looking bottle. Level was by the neck. Decanted one hour. Good, healthy dark colour. Gorgeous nose: delicate, fat and sweet. Fabulous strong Cabernet-grip on the palate, with super-ripe cassis, lots of spices, coffee and cedar pushing through. Ripe and rich. The follow-through is soft and elegant with sweet, ripe tannins and enough acidity. Peaking now and will no longer improve.”

11m 22d ago

 Aldo Sohm / Best Sommelier in the World 2008, Pro (Austria)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  6 wines 

“Musigny 1957, 1959 and 1961 from Domaine Joseph Faiveley, Burgundy, France.”

1y 4m ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Rest of the 1961's.”

2y 9d ago

 Frank Smulders MW, Pro (Austria)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Aaaaah, this is my wine. Maybe not so impressive in it’s texture, but the aromas…….yellow and green apple, pear, reine claude, gooseberry, cantaloup melon, grapefruit, muscaty flavours and on top some menthol-like, very fresh aromas. Unbelievable finesse and complexity. Sweet but in perfect balance with the acidity and not even close to sticky. Very expensive and worth every euro of it (APF) ”

2y 1m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof . In a tasting of  20 wines 

“Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling 2012 "What a nice Kabinett with currently quite obvious sweetness of white peach and mango. Nicely filigreed acidity of lime, lemon zest, wet stone. This is really to die for but I suspect this will be even more complex when the sugar moves into the background over the coming year." 93 points”

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