Dominik Mueller

Wine is my hobby. Fine wine tasting notes and experiences.

2020 Van Volxem Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp "P"

Tasting note

2020 Van Volxem Scharzhofberger 'P' Pergentsknopp GG

I’m always pleased about wines from Van Volxem. For me, they are among the most elegant Rieslings even among the fine representatives of Mosel and Saar – especially in the dry range. The Scharzhofberger “P”, named after the Pergentsknopp, a parcel in the upper area of the Scharzhofberg, is no exception.

Pale white-yellow colour. The bouquet reveals the precise character of this wine: mineral, stony, but also finely herbaceous. A Riesling that rests like a stone within itself, as if there is much more lurking beneath the surface that will only fully reveal itself after some years of aging. For all its elegance, I would also like to speak of power, athleticism. On the palate, taut, precise and very long lasting. Minerality runs through, flanked by fresh acidity. Stone fruit, grapefruit, perhaps some nut and salted butter.

I could sit here for a long time and probably make many more associations with this wine. What is certain is that there is great potential here: I would touch the 2020 Scharzhofberger “P” again from 2027. With good cellaring, meanwhile, it should be a pleasure well beyond 2040. At the present time DM95+.

Drink from 2027 through 2045.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Tuesday, 20 June 2023.


95Wines rated DM94 to DM96 bear witness to the fascinatingly successful combination of grapes, terroir and craftsmanship at the highest level. They are obviously an absolute pleasure to drink, perfectly balanced, and they offer a high level of complexity as they seemlessly combine primary, secondary and often tertiary aromas. This makes them a great experience for every wine connoisseur. In WSET terms, wines with a DM95 rating tend to be at the upper scale of a 3.5 or even at the lower end of an excellent 4.0 WSET rating.
/ 100
4.0Wines with a 4.0 WSET rating are exceptional 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 top WSET score of 4.0 get at least 95 DM points.
/ 4.0
5Wines with a rating of 5 stars are truly outstanding achievements. They stand proudly at the very top of their peer group.

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.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage: 2020
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Van Volxem
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
More details on this wine.
View this wine on CellarTracker.