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”His elegant, refined rieslings are impressive examples of the finest the mosel region has to offer“
Robert Parker

”From generic estate Rieslings through the Prädikats; at all levels, up to Auslese and beyond, these wines are, in my opinion, fabulous.“
Hugh Johnson

“Oliver, making the wines for Fritz Haag, reveals the precision and racy character of the Brauneberg Juffer-Sonnenuhr.“
Wine Spectator

“Over the years we have not tired of praising the consistently high standard of quality of this winery. From the basic dry Riesling right up to the botrytis wines, the wines produced by Haag are always as from the same mold … our enthusiasm for the elegant fruity Riesling wines of this estate is unbroken …“
Gault Millau

”Riesling can‘t get much more spine-tIngling than this ….“
Robert Parker: 99-100 points for the Trockenbeerenauslese 2011

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History

At the beginning of 2005, Oliver Haag took over the vineyard and, together with his wife Jessica, managed the skills of the House of Haag. Following apprenticeship at various well-known vineyards, such as Helmut Dönnhoff (Nahe) and Weingut Karthäuserhof (Ruwer) he studied at Geisenheim College (Fachhochschule), graduating with a diploma in oenology.

After a stay at Mont du Toit in South Africa (the project was managed by Bernd Philippi and Bernhard Breuer) he joined the Wegeler family vineyard in Oestrich-Winkel. There, he ran the vineyard as manager for five years before returning to the Mosel in 2005, in order to take over as successor to the traditional vineyard of Fritz Haag.

 

Oliver Haag will continue the philosophy of his father, which is the production of fine, fruity, delicate Mosel Rieslings of unmistakable character. His father, Wilhelm Haag was born in 1937. In 1957 he interrupted his education abroad and returned home early because his father, Fritz was ill. He only planned to stay for the harvest but it developed into a life of winegrowing until the vineyard was handed over to the next generation.

With ambition and the knowledge that there were very large locations available, the philosophy also developed that the target can only be achieved through quality. Great vintages in 1959, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994 followed, to mention but a few. His work and success proved him right: Wilhelm Haag was awarded “Winegrower of the year 1994″ for his achievements. His success naturally reinforced that striving for quality and brought the vineyard an outstanding, worldwide reputation as a Riesling producer.

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Vineyards

Brauneberg’s most renowned vineyard sites stretch some two kilometers (1.24 miles) along the left bank of the Mosel, opposite the village proper. The town, originally known as Dusemond (“sweet mountain”), assumed its present name in 1925 to reflect the name of its vineyard Brauneberg – it was better known than the town itself.

The terroir of the slaty, 100% south-facing Brauneberg sites is composed of fine, weathered Devonian slate that seems almost oily and seems to continually regenerate itself from the depths of its soils.

The Juffer site comprises ca. 32 ha (nearly 80 acres). It completely surrounds the 10.5-ha (26-acre) top site Juffer Sonnenuhr, which lies within the heart of the rocky slopes. The hillside is marked by inclinations of up to 80% and gentle wave troughs as it rises vertically. It provides a sustainable microclimate that stamps the character of the wines produced from the grapes that grow here.

These very fine, slaty soils – some deep, some rocky – are planted exclusively with Riesling grapes. They yield wines that have tremendous longevity and unmistakable potential.

 

The name “Juffer” literally means old maid or virgin in local dialect and goes back to 1790, when the proprietor of these exceptional vineyard slopes was an aristocrat named Wunderlich, the chamberlain to the Palatinate Prince Elector. Wunderlich had three daughters who all remained unmarried. When they took over vineyard management from their father, the name “Brauneberger Juffer” was born. The wines soon became well known and famous throughout the world of wine. Both sites are recognized as true pearls of the Mosel region and were treasured even by Napoleon.

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Winemaking

The Fritz Haag vineyard lies at the core of the middle Mosel and looks back on a long history: it was first mentioned in records in 1605 when the village was still called Dusemond. In order to promote the reputation of the world famous vineyard locations of “Brauneberger Juffer” and “Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr” even more – even Napoleon counted them amongst the pearls of the Mosel region – Dusemond was renamed Brauneberg in 1925. According to tradition, the 19.5 ha Fritz Haag vineyard, now headed by Oliver Haag, is also known by the name of “Dusemonder Hof”.

Only Riesling grapes, which are tended throughout the year by experienced employees, are to be found in the top locations of the Fritz Haag vineyard. The wine harvest is naturally carried out manually and often in several passes. The gentle processing of the grapes and the careful seasoning of the wines are in the hands of Oliver Haag. The estate offers the complete diversity of Riesling: from dry through delicately fruity to the noble sweet top growths, which first helped the Mosel Riesling to gain its worldwide reputation.

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Vintage 2015 Report / Once again we’ve been blessed by a new vintage that brought forth wonderfully complex wines with great aging potential. The young wines are already a great pleasure to sample.

The entire growing season was marked by unusually warm and above all, dry weather.

Thanks to the good humus content of our vineyards’ soils and several timely periods of rain, our deeply rooted vines had a sufficient water supply. Even at the height of summer, they showed no signs of stress due to the arid weather. A perfect autumn followed; harvest conditions were ideal. Sunny days and cool nights fostered ripening and blessed us with small, completely ripe and aromatic grapes, some of which benefited from noble rot. The weather enabled us to selectively pick our crop without stress and successfully complete an entire year’s work in the vineyards.

Vintage 2015 offers something for everyone, from finely balanced Gutsriesling to extraordinarily complex Grosse Gewächse, and from elegant Spät- and Auslesen to noble Trockenbeerenauslese.

Best regards from the Mosel, Weingut Fritz Haag

Oliver & Jessica Haag 

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On November 8, 2016 an exiting blind tasting was hold to select some of the finest classified wines produced by vintners of the VDP in Germany. It was a wonderful experience showing a huge number of top rated wines. In the categories of Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinog Gris (Grauburgunder) and Silvaner, one wine was heading each category. For Riesling, the VDP and myself agreed to decide the best wine of each categaorie of wine areas by drawing lots of all wines with at least 93 points or more. The result of this selection will be available for tasting in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge of Muinch during 2017.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  24 wines 

Amazing Magnum-tasting with quite a few 100 points wines like Latour 1982, Mouton 1982, Haut Brion 1989, Martha's Vineyard's 1975...

5m 12d ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  25 wines 

German Riesling vintage 2014 Part I / Marienburg "Rothenpfad" 2014 Riesling Clemens Busch / Very expressive nose with cherry blossom, orange blossom, strawberry and ripe orange. Full and quite dense on the palate with less charm than nose, but a serious built texture and good length. 94

6m 6d ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  25 wines 

German Riesling vintage 2014 Part I / Marienburg "Rothenpfad" 2014 Riesling Clemens Busch / Very expressive nose with cherry blossom, orange blossom, strawberry and ripe orange. Full and quite dense on the palate with less charm than nose, but a serious built texture and good length. 94

6m 6d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  135 wines 

As every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August, the VDP showed a huge array of over 500 wines from the german Grand Cru vineyards, designated as Grosses Gewächs, in a preview tasting for professionals and the press. The tasting was hold on August 29 and 30, 2016.


As the sheer quantity of wines available was too much for a short tasting session, I focussed on the grape variety Riesling and on the rather classic areas such as Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Mittelrhein. From these wine regions I have tasted all Rieslings available. In addition I also tasted a small selection of Riesling from Rheinhessen. The tasting showed a very high and rather homogenous quality level due to good conditions in 2015 but also applied experience and knowledge of the vintners. A very successful tasting with highly recommendable wines.

8m 7d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Fritz Haag . In a tasting of  40 wines 

“Penfolds Grange 1976 - 100 points.
Deep ruby and a 2mm of garnet rim. Tobacco, pepper, syrah as from the very best of Rhone, a complexity you only dream about, it's so intence and huge in complexity, you just can't take it apart and describe it, it's too much, the brain shut's down, and just enjoy, immensely! Acidity is increadible, fresh and lively, exceptional balance, great tannin structure, like falling crisp snow, one of the most complex wines I have had, increadible long finish, my best syrah/shiraz, only startting to show signs of maturation, aftertaste for minutes and minutes, keep at least another 20 years if you're lucky.”

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