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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.

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Vintage 1988

Jean-Jacques Koch, Egon Müller's great great-grandfather acquired the Scharzhof estate from the "République Française" in 1797 after the French Revolution and the occupation of the West Bank of the Rhine River by the revolutionary government. The Scharzhofberg vineyard was likely planted by the Romans and belonged to the Monastery "St Marien ad Martyres” in Trier from its founding around 700 A. D. through the Middle Ages.


Egon Müller's vineyards are exposed to a northerly climate. Consequently, much depends on the vintage and on late harvesting. Regarding the winemaking process, however, Egon Müller's family's philosophy is based on the belief that the best wines are the ones that "make themselves”.

The Egon Müller-Scharzhof family lives in its own vineyards and oversees the day-to-day operation at the estate.


All of the family's wines are Rieslings. "Scharzhof” is their most basic wine. Qualitätswein by German legal standard, it is made of the grapes from their vineyards in Saarburg, Kanzem and Wawern and from the Wiltinger Braunfels and Wiltinger Kupp vineyards. Only the "Prädikat" wines from the Scharzhofberg and from Wiltinger braune Kupp carry vineyard designations. The Kabinett wines, made from ripe grapes with low alcoholic content constitute the backbone of the production. Spätlese is made from overripe grapes while Auslese and higher qualities are made from grapes attained by noble rot.

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Scharzhofberg, Saar

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