Dominik Mueller

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2015 Van Volxem Schiefer Riesling

Tasting note

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A mature Riesling from the Saar. It is impressive what quality Van Volxem brings to the glass here with an estate wine, quasi the entry wine. Straw yellow colour. On the nose, the beguiling aroma of matured Riesling. There is the cool slate minerality, bright fruit. It all seems light and fresh and shines in the glass. In the mouth, precise and lean, with a fresh acidity. Green apple and (crisp) peach. Great drinking flow, every sip makes you want more. The long finish stimulates salivation. Despite the screw cap, a great aged dry Riesling. I almost regret having opened the bottle already. But I’m sure there’s still a 2015 to buy! For me, it’s exactly in the drinking window: 2020 to 2030.

Drink through 2030.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 16 April 2023.


89Wines with a DM87 to DM89 rating are very good wines, more or less above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They have no flaw whatsoever. Moreover, they have a good balance, elegant tannin structure and a well-integrated acidity. These are wines that I will happily drink up and buy for my own cellar. Then what keeps them from getting a rating in the 90s? While above average and good in practically every way, wines in the DM87 to DM89 range may still not be exceptional in a way that they make you pause and think 'What a wonderful wine this is!' In WSET terms, wines with a DM89 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 2.5 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2015
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Van Volxem
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
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