Landlocked, the 2nd smallest country in Europe, bordered by Belgium, France and Germany, speaks 3 different languages and makes a damn fine Riesling…Luxembourg.
You may not have heard of or tried any of the wines produced in Luxembourg because the residents have no reason to export them. In fact it’s a surprise that there is ever any left – Luxembourg enjoys its second place ranking of the world’s greatest wine guzzlers…. an indulgent 54 litres per capita per year. That’s a lot of wine!
The vast majority of the vineyards lie along the river Moselle (or Mosel auf Deutsch), so it’s not surprising that the majority of the grape varietals are of German origin :
- Pinot Gris
- Pinot Blanc
- Pinot Noir
One Riesling that we’ve prised from the thirsty grasps of the locals is made by the gifted Mathis Bastian. Mr Bastian and his daughter Anouk produce some astoundingly good wines, but their Riesling is to die for. They intentionally keep yields to a minimum and focus their efforts on concentrating flavours and freshness, leading to an overall fabulous and unforgettable glass.
The vines here are cultivated using methods that respect the environment. Be nice to nature and it will be nice to you – and it certainly has been with this Riesling!