Press Reviews

My day of tasting began with a 5-wine flight from Hermann-Löwenstein. It's 9:00 am. In other words, relatively early. Yet as I put my nose into the glasses before me, a shiver runs directly up my spine, not at all unpleasantly. The Kirchberg is quite the minimalist. Taut and steely. The Stolzenberg packs more of a punch, with sharper acidity. The Röttgen is as blindingly radiant in the glass as it is on the palate. The Uhlen Blaufüsser Lay showed a wonderful yet still very fine and funky touch. The wine presents with a real power, not to mention a mouthful of complex phenolics. And then we wrap up with the linear and finely structured Uhlen “Laubach,” which has a pinch more sugar than its flight-mates. A stunning collection, rich with wines of incredible potential and tremendous fun! Outstanding!" Dirk Würz

The first flight of 5 wines from Heymann-Löwenstein opened to a beautiful start: what a stunning, sweet nose on the Kirchberg! Clear, austere, lively and nimble. Expressive without force. A triumph! The Soltzenberg is somewhat more serious, still incredibly light and tautly structured — raising the bar a bit. The Röttgen lets loose the cannon: a true terroir wine minus the opulence of many years past: precise, spicy and deep. The day's first highlight. Uhlen-B is full of suggestions, but is still quite closed; Uhlen-L with a subtle funk in the nose, relatively mild acidity, slightly creamy texture, and just a hint of sweetness — a true charmer with stunning depth and numerous indications of a long life yet to come. 5 wines of precise, hand-crafted individuality: a truly breathtaking collection." Der Schnutentunker

With these five stunning wines to present, the Löwensteins might well look back on this as the finest collection of their lives. It took the perfect convergence of good weather, vinicultural daring and the thrill of the risky and difficult to make this sublime bunch. For one thing must be made clear: the wines recommended here are neither well-tempered nor single-minded. They are built to engage, and from the first moment present themselves as somewhat brooding, almost dangerous. Because that is the very difference between a good and a great wine. The latter is not made to please. Its sole responsibility is to accurately present the tension between destiny and determination, the disparate wills of the vintage, varietal, soil and winegrower. It can only arise in that space where greatness and failure are equally near. « Markus Vahlefeld, The Huffington Post,

Herbal nose opening with aromas of yellow fruit and dried flowers, followed by nuances of yellow spice, smoke, white meat and marked minerality. Deep, dense and savory on the palate; nuanced, grippy; a long, dry and spicy finish with tremendous tension. Incredible. Much as last year, the 2015 Uhlen Blaufüßer Lay (95) should be considered the absolute highlight of the vintage. Closely followed by the Uhlen Laubach (94) and the rest of the Grosse Lagen. Markus Hofschuster,

Great wine... excellent but still closed... the Uhlen Blaufüßer Lay. Reminiscent of mustard, savory and resinous floral aromas, slate; ripe and complex acidity with loads of playfulness, through and through a slate-grown wine." Gebr. Lange in the FAZ newspapere

The loveliest of 2015!" proclaims Stuart Pigott. He calls this year's collection from Heymann-Löwenstein one of his "personal favorites": "An entire row of highly expressive Riesling-GGs, each one with its own distinctive personality — a true 'mirror, mirror on the wall' scenario." FAS (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung)