95 points Mosel Fine Wines
"The 2019er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit picked at 83° Oechsle, and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (45 g/l). It offers a superbly engaging nose made of pear, elderflower, cassis, vineyard peach, a touch of apricot blossom, and a hint of whipped cream. The wine is gorgeously playful on the palate, where creamy elements mingle with racy acidity. The wine leaves one with a nicely multi-layered feel in the mouthwatering finish. This is a beautiful Kabinett in the making."
93 points John Gilman
"The 2019 Brauneberg Juffer Riesling Kabinett AP #13 from Max Ferdinand Richter is another truly excellent example of the vintage. The wine is similarly balanced to the Elisenberg Kabinett, though with a touch less acidity, so also a bit less residual sugar to find that perfect inflection point. The residual sugar here is forty-five grams per liter and acidity is nine grams per liter in 2019. The bouquet is pure and vibrant, offering up a classic combination of pear, lime, cress, a lovely base of slate, a wisp of smokiness, dried flowers and a touch of mint in the upper register. On the palate is medium-bodied, bright and perfectly balanced, with lovely acids and grip, impeccable focus, fine intensity of flavor and complexity and a long, zesty and lifted finish. This is a gorgeous Kabinett! 2020-2050+."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Importer: The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. Max Ferd. Richter produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. Additionally, they produce two top monopole vineyards: Mülheimer Helenenkloster and Veldenzer Elisenberg. Mülheimer Helenenkloster is considered by many to be among the best Eiswein vineyards in Germany.
The possession of Veldenzer Elisenberg dates back to 1813 when ancestor Franz Ludwig Niessen found out that Napoleon Bonaparte planned on uprooting the beloved Veldenz and Mulheim vineyards, and negotiated a personal payment to the General to prevent him from destroying the vineyards. As thanks, the town gave him the entire slope of Veldenzer Elisenberg and it has remained in the family ever since.
The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavor of the wines. In order to reduce quantity and increase concentration, pruning is severe and in prolific years a green harvest is carried out in August. The vintage is picked much later than that of most growers and is done entirely by hand. Three passes are done to select the best qualities to eliminate all inferior grapes and to keep perfect botrytis bunches or single berries for Auslese qualities and above. The same attention is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.