Dominik Mueller

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2021 Weingut Felix Weber Wiltinger Klosterberg Hundsbuckel Kabinett feinherb

Tasting note

2021 Weingut Felix Weber Wiltinger Klosterberg Hundsbuckel Riesling Kabinett feinherb

The Felix Weber winery, founded in 2015, is located in Wiltingen on the Saar. Felix Weber founded the winery during his apprenticeship (during which, if I am informed correctly, he gained practical experience with Egon Müller, among others) and was able to take over vineyards from his family. Today, the winery cultivates two hectares.

This weekend, I have his 2021 Wiltinger Klosterberg Hundsbuckel Riesling Kabinett feinherb (off-dry in English) in my glass. The “Hundsbuckel” is a plot planted in 1972 in the well-known Wiltinger Klosterberg. The year of planting can also be found on the label.

The colour is a pale, whitish yellow, not unlike the Pergentsknopp from Van Volxem, which I recently drank. The bouquet is typical Saar – very mineral, stony, with notes of honeydew melon and peach. In the mouth, crisp and fresh, the acidity well integrated, very animating in the interplay with the fruit sweetness. Makes you want to take the next sip! Lemon and ripe pineapple on the palate, which also dominate the finish.

For me, this winery is a new discovery that I am very happy about. I have already ordered a tasting package to try some of their other wines. I can only recommend the 2021 Hundsbuckel Kabinett!

Drink from 2022 through 2028.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 9 July 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
88Wines 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 DM88 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 2.0 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
2.0Wines with a 2.0 WSET rating are '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 solid WSET score of 2.0 usually get around 87 to 88 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com 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: 2021
Colour:white
Style:still (off-dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Weingut Felix Weber
Country:Germany
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:n/a
Vineyard:Wiltinger Klosterberg
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