Mosel Fine Wines (Jean Fisch & David Rayer): “2014 was the first vintage of this vineyard at the Andreas’ hands and he produced right from the start a stunning dry wine full of character and presence: “We decided to use this east-facing vineyard for lighter styled wines. The first vintage, which we made from fruit harvested at a modest 89° Oechsle, showed us the potential of the vineyard. The wine is elegant, without being unnecessary showy, and in nice contrast to the more ostentatious wines from the Dhroner Hofberg on the other side of the Mosel.
This debut vintage is a roaring success, also because the wine manages to keep some freshness on top of multi-layered aromatic intensity.”
“This is the first vintage by Andreas Adam of this tiny 0.3 ha Monopole vineyard situated on a steep east-facing slope on the left bank of the Mosel. The wine is superbly well balanced with gorgeously fresh fruits on the nose including cassis, pear, candied grapefruit and mirabelle, paired with some herbs and spices. The feel on the palate is animating, both intense and delicate in a perfect blend of “breadth and breed.” The finish is playfully long. This is a gorgeous success! 2017-2029” 92/100 pts
Wine Advocate: “Located in Dhron and facing south/southeast, with very dark slate soils, the Dhroner Häs’chen is an old vineyard planted 1933 that was bought from Weingut Reuscher-Haart. It is a 2,677 square meters monopole with ungrafted vines that survived the 1971 Weingesetz, which assembles so many Einzellagen under a new or well reputed name. Fermented and aged in a fuder, the 2014 Häs’chen offers a super clear, deep and cool, in any case fascinating bouquet that intertwines flinty slate aromas with herbs and yellow apple and pineapple aromas. Pure, dry and elegant on the palate, with a remarkable intensity, piquancy and tension, this is a full-bodied and very complex dry Riesling, with a hidden juiciness and a long and very well structured finish. This is fascinating new wine in Adam’s portfolio and I am curious to learn more about this vineyard and its wines in the future. From the 2015 vintage, there will be a dry and an off-dry Kabinett released later this year.” 92/100 pts
Vinous: “This bottling from Adam’s newly-acquired Left Bank monopole is yet another of his 2014s to taste entirely dry while weighing in at a delightfully low 11 percent alcohol. Lemony brightness is buffered by a sense of palpably high extract by way of crushed stone suffusion. The zesty piquancy of lemon peel in this Riesling’s gripping finish never turns outright bitter thanks to lees buffering and cask influence; an abundance of refreshing primary juiciness; and saliva-inducing salinity. Hints of almond and iodine add intrigue to a wine likely to prove fascinating at table, though probably deserving of a bit more time in bottle before auditioning. Adam thinks that the stoniest upper terraces of this vineyard are especially conducive to the sort of lightweight, dry wine we have here, but that in future vintages it will be worthwhile to render a residually sweet Kabinett from vines closer to the river.” 91/100 pts