Rita and Rudolf Trossen

Rita and Rudolf Trossen decided to break with modern winemaking practices in 1978, when they converted their entire estate to Biodynamics. They have been crafting wonderful Mosel Valley Rieslings ever since. In 2010, encouraged by many of their sommelier clients, they began to delve into the world of natural winemaking with their Pur’us line of wines, which have no intervention whatsoever. These wines have zero additives, not even sulfur, and are unfined and unfiltered. There are some winemakers working organically in Germany, but the vast majority of winemakers in Germany are steadfast users of sulfur to stabilize and preserve their wines, making the Trossens real pioneers in their area. They allow their wines to sit on the lees for extended periods of time “until all biological processes have come to an end.” For us, the wines were the first German wines we ever tasted that made us sit up and notice something different was happening. The depth of character and expression Riesling can reach without additives is truly amazing.

The Trossen vineyards are full of slate, which resisted phylloxera completely, thus most of their vines are completely ungrafted and some approach 100 years old!

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Pyramide Riesling Pur’us — Back to the topLayout 1

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Pyramide Riesling Pur’us tech sheet

The Pyramide vineyard features south and east facing slopes and the vines are very closely planted, forcing them to dive deep into the ground for nutrients.

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Soil:  Grey and blue slate

Varietals: Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 1000-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The tanks are cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over about 6 months. The wine ages for about 11 months and is then bottled without fining or filtration and zero sulfur is added.


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Schiferstern Riesling Pur’us tech sheet

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Soil: Grey and blue slate

Varietals: Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 500-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The tanks are cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over about 7 months. The wine ages for about 11 months and is bottled without fining or filtration and zero sulfur is added.


Pairing: Madonna Riesling Pur’us — Back to the topLayout 1

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Madonna Riesling Pur’us tech sheet

The Madonna vineyard faces southwest with steep slopes and lots of slate.

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Soil: Grey and blue slate

Varietals: Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 350-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The tanks are cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over about 8 months. The wine ages for about 11 months and is bottled without fining or filtration and zero sulfur is added.


Schiefergold Riesling Pur’us — Back to the topLayout 1

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Schiefergold Riesling Pur’us tech sheet

The Schiefergold vineyard feature enormously steep exposures and is completely ungrafted.

Age of Vines: 100 years old

Soil: Grey and blue slate

Varietals: Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 350-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The tanks are cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over 8 months. The wine ages for about 11 months and is bottled without fining or filtration and zero sulfur is added.


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Schieferblume Riesling Trocken tech sheet

Schieferblume means “Flower of the Slate” and is a blend from 4 different Riesling vineyards.

Age of Vines: 37-60 years old

Soil: Grey and blue slate

Varietals: Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 1000-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast. The tanks are cooled by ambient air and fermentation takes place over 4-6 months. The wine is bottled after a light filtration and minimal addition of sulfur.


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Trossecco tech sheet

Age of Vines: Around 100 years old

Soil: Red slate

Varietals: Pinot Blanc/Riesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 2000-liter stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast and a light addition of sulfur. Secondary fermentation is carried out in bottle with an addition of yeast. The bottles are disgorged and the wine is lightly sulfured. The wine contains a small amount of residual sugar.