Maximin Grunhaus is located on the left bank of the Ruwer river in the Mosel section of Germany. This historic estate dates back to the year 966. Maximin Grunhaus was purchased in 1882 by an ancestor of Carl von Schubert, the fifth generation of the family to manage the estate. Today, the winery is a premier producer of Riesling wines.
The 2010 Maximin Grunhauser Riesling was 100% Riesling. The wine was the Maximin Grunhauser Riesling Trocken (QbA) (I had a lot of difficulty identifying which Maximin Grunhauser this was. I could be mistaken.)
I had been searching for a dry Riesling for the summer. My last attempt with the 2009 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling was a sweet disaster, due to my failure to listen to the advice of Oliver at The Winegetter.
Undaunted, I continued my search at a large discount wine store and headed to the Riesling section. The vast majority of Rieslings were all low alcohol (7-9% ABV), which equates to super sweet. I went through a number of bottles, searching the labels for the key words Oliver had provided. Finally, on the back label of the 2010 Maximin Grunhauser I saw the word “Trocken”. The ABV was 11.5%.
Hoping this was the one, I purchased the bottle.
Prior to tasting, the wine was chilled.
The nose found pear in a very, big way. There was also apple and a touch of terroir mixed in.
Uncertain what to expect, I took a sip. I was pleasantly surprised. The primary notes on the palate were pear and apple, but there wasn’t the overwhelming sweetness I had previously experienced. There was a lot of fruit, but it was balanced by acidity. This was a very, well composed wine. It was definitely not sweet, but I wouldn’t call it super dry either.
The wine had a medium finish, nice, but unremarkable.
I initially tasted the wine by itself. Then, following another suggestion from The Winegetter, I broke out some Parmesan cheese. The wine and the cheese went together superbly. Still, I was not overwhelmed by the wine. My ultimate conclusion was simply that I do not care for Riesling wines (everyone has a different palate).
The 2010 Maximin Grunhauser Riesling cost me $24. The wine offers fair value at that price. If you are a fan of medium dry Rieslings, I would recommend you try this wine. Finally, I would like to thank Oliver for helping me to navigate through the world of Rieslings.