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 The MOSEL wine estate ulrich Langguth reports....

... about another vintage with a yield much below everage.

First and above all and much to our amazement we experienced a budding period which already started by April 8-10. This is the earliest date our Senior, Ulrich Langguth, could ever remember during his past 55 years and even the wine university of Geisenheim published that the budding started 2 weeks earlier than usual. Daily temperatures rose to 18° Celsius during these days. We anticipated that the vines could soon be exposed to dangerous frost period.

Indeed, this happened in the night from April 19-20 when temperatures fell to -4° Celsius, in the side valleys of the Mosel River even to -5°C. During the  following week we discovered much to our astonishment that the vines on our steep  slopes had well survived and continued to blossom. We assume that we owe this positive development to the fact that we had a very dry period during the last  3-4 weeks with almost no moisture in the air. Any bit of rain the day before the frost happened would have caused a desaster. The dryness helped us that the vines survived. We were lucky.

The damage was confined to some side valleys of the River Mosel

The summer was much too dry but the vines got their water supply with their deep roots. Irrigation with water is still forbidden by law!!!! Temperatures were  favourable through to the end of
August. By the beginning of September we encountered a period of rain just in time when the grapes started to be mature. Some areas of the Mosel suffered under heavy hail which hurt the grapes badly. By mid-September we started being worried as the rainy period caused the first signs of botrytis.

Quite a few producers became so nervous that they started harvesting by September 25. However a dry and sunny period began by the end of September and prevailed through most of October allowing us to hand-pick our grapes without pressure.

We expect the quality of the 2017 wines to be as good as the 2015 vintage, however, our yield was down by 30%, another small harvest  which we have to put up with. Looking into the year 2018 and the following we are much concerned about this change of climate and we sincerely hope that the blossoming will NOT be as early as last year.

This report is issued in the beginning of February 2018 and already now we must report about a much too warm winter with almost no serious frost. Consequently we had another winter without the possibility to make icewine.  Nature is already pushing.........!!?

The MOSEL wine estate LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ reports...

 ..that we had to put up with a yield down by 20% due to frost but alsoon account of hail damage. This concerns mainly the early grapes such a Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. he rainy period forced us to start picking the grapes already by September 23, the earliest start we ever experienced. The quality result was satisfying with about 60% being QbA wines, 30% in the category of KABINETT quality and 10% of SPÄTLESE quality.


The RHEINGAU´wine estate KAUFMANN, formerly HANS LANG ( VDP) reports...

...that the entire year 2017 was a challenge in any respect. Considerable damage caused by early frost and later by hail in  - until now - unknown dimensions as well as rain just in the beginning of the harvest forced us to hand-select all our grapes with the final result that we had a loss of 50% compared to a normal harvest. However we can at least report that the remaining quantity will be  excellent what the quality is being concerned.


Our partner in the region of the HESSISCHE BERGSTRASSE, the BERGSTRAESSER WINZER reported...

....10% less yield compared to last year with 68 hectoliters per hectar. 60% of the wines will be in the category of QbA wines and 40% can be offered as " Prädikat " wines' with an everage score of 84,2 Oechsle ( sugar reading ). We shall try to keep our prices stable for this year.





 THE VINTAGE report 2016

Summary reports of the MO-RHE-NA Group

The MOSEL wine estate ULRICH LANGGUTH reports:

Frost seemed to be kind to us this year and the budding was early enough that we could look at the vineyards with great hope in April and beginning of May. However, this is what we are facing each year: the unforeseen weather periods which an cause serious damages at times. Weather seems to be less and less predictable due to the changing environment.

By end of May/ beginning of June the blossoming period had just started when constant rainfall came in between. MILDEW became the big threat for those producers like us who cultivate grapes in steep sites which can only be sprayed by hand.  The helicopter flies only every 2 weeks and that proved not to be sufficient. Unlike those producers who could rive with their tractors through their wide, flat vineyards we were forced to wait for a dry period to spray against mildew and peronospera.

By the end of the flowering period we could guess that we were facing a loss but we did not estimate the considerable percentage until we started harvesting. Some producers on the Mosel report a loss of up to 80%. Our estate got away with a loss of 40% which is severe enough when you have invested labour costs before.

However, we could not complain about the quality of our grapes. The sugar reading allowed us to produce from top QbA qualities up to excellent Auslese wines and we estimate the quality of the 2016 will only be short of the 2015 results.
What seemed at first to be quite a problem turned to our advantage. Mildew reduced the crop so that the rest of the grapes are more concentrated with more intense flavor.



The MOSEL wine estate LOSEN-BOCKSTANZ reports:

Due to the fact that we can spray most of our vineyards by tractors we were fortunate to avoid heavy frost by mildew and peronospera. We started  harvesting our “Burgundy” grapes by October 5 and faced a shortage in yield of Dornfelder grapes and as well as Pinot Noir. We were, however very satisfied with Riesling harvest and the Oechsle results varied between 70° (QbA) and 100° (Auslese) quality. The acidity was mature and will be a great balance for our 2016 wines.



The PFALZ wine estate ANSELMANN reports: 

Whilst the year 2015 proved to be too dry with insufficient rainfall during many months, the year 2016 was almost the opposite. Rainfall was more than abundant in May almost daily and continued in  June during the flowering period. This had to result in lower yields. Eventually parts of July, the month of August right into September turned to be warm and sunny. The must showed not only satisfying sugar reading but the acidity fell to a limit which would serve as harmony in almost all our wines. The colour of our red wines left nothing to be desired .  The Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet wines show an intensity of aromas.
Our Riesling wines show convincing finesse. We even produced a great Ortega Beerenauslese.

Much to our delight temperatures fell on January 6 and 7, 2017 under -10° C which allowed us to produce Eiswein (icewine) from the grape varietals Riesling, Silvaner and Pinot Noir.  Thanks to the dry weather during the  4 weeks before the grapes had kept in good condition and we can report that the quality will be excellent. We are looking forward to supplying you with another top vintage.


Where and when can you meet Patrick Ulrich Langguth next?

Should you visit  PROWEIN, pls. visit him in  Hall 14 at our booth E 95

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