There are different kinds of heroes in the winemaking business: the trendsetters and the youngsters, the price champions and the quality masters, the traditionalists and the innovators. But there is one special category that needs to be opened for winery Markus Molitor from the Moselle area. We would like to call it “Master of the thousand vineyards”.
We have already seen many parts of the Riesling business around the world. But we have never seen a variety of Rieslings as broad as Markus Molitor does it. One by one he acquired new vineyards along the Moselle and Saar. Today, he produces more different types of Riesling than any other winemaker in the world.
Usually, when the range of wines gets broader several things might happen. Sometimes the quality goes down across the board. Sometimes the quality levels start to vary very much in case the winemaker focusses on some favorites. Sometimes the Rieslings start to taste basically the same and the individuality of the single vineyards get lost.
Not with Markus Molitor. When you go to a winetasting at his winery be prepared for a tough piece of work. Tasting the complete variety of Molitor Rieslings means to taste 70 wines from 17 different vineyards. If you do more vintages you easily get to 150 wines. Some of them are legends already – like his Berncasteler Doctor which can only be bought via auction. Many of them got 98, 99 and also 100 Parker points.
When you did it you will realize three things:
- Markus Molitor is a winemaker with extraordinary dedication. All wines are made with great character. No matter which terroir every Riesling has its own individual character. Every late autumn you will find him handpicking the raisins for his unbelievable Trockenbeerenauslesen.
- Markus Molitor is a quality hero. If anyone ever asks you to recommend a Riesling below 10 Euros just pick Molitor. The basic wines have an amazing quality already and it goes up, up, up through the quality level. An amazing collection from bottom to top. And do you know another winemaker who gets 100 Parker points for his dry wines as well as his sweet wines?
- Markus Molitor is an entrepreneur in the winemaking business with a great sense of building strong teams. Starting from basically zero 30 years ago, buying vineyards step by step in itself is a great story. But achieving the highest quality standards across the board can only be done with a perfect combination of team members with passion and talent.
We have picked some favorite Rieslings from our tasting. It’s just examples – the list is just too long… One last word: This tasting was truly impressive. Whatever style of Riesling you love, you will find it here.
White capsule (dry style wines):
Green capsule (off-dry wines):
Golden capsule (sweet wines):
Trockenbeerenauslesen and Eiswein:
Visit winemarker: Markus Molitor