When the renowned American wine critic, Robert Parker reviewed the 2011 vintage of German Rieslings for “The Wine Advocate,” he awarded the highest honour to a wine produced by Markus Molitor from Bernkastel-Wehlen, Mosel in Germany. He gave the 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese*** 100 points, saying “The purity, levity, and vibrancy are nearly beyond belief.”
Interestingly, since the launch of “The Wine Advocate”, only 333 wines (of which 46 were white) have been honoured with a perfect score. Parker reviewed 53 other wines at the Winery Markus Molitor and awarded 46 wines with more than 90 points besides bestowing 100 points on the 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese***.
Markus Molitor becomes the third German winery (after Hermann Dönnhoff and Schloss Lieser) to achieve this score. The only other wine from the 2011 vintage, to be awarded 100 points, worldwide, was Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvée de l´Oree.
The owner of the winery, Markus Molitor and his CEO and co-winemaker Dr Ariff Jamal were understandably thrilled by Parker’s recognition. “This is a great appreciation and honour for our winery, and our daily work in the vineyard and cellar,” they said.
Dr Jamal was recently in India to introduce Marcus Molitor wines, which are distributed by Bermann Wine Cellars India, to Indian wine lovers. We tasted them in the company of Dr Jamal and Farhad Bhabha, CEO of Berkmann Wine Cellars, at the ITC Maurya’s Dum Pukht restaurant in Delhi. The Rieslings paired extremely well with the Awadhi specialities of the restaurant. The prize winning wine, alas, was not one of them! Only a limited quantity was produced and distributed on allocation.