Various white wines from Germany and Loire were the accompaniment to a pulpo salad.
It is not a typical Riesling, but oh so hedonistic. The W.E. Frank 2016 Riesling Teufelskopf has now the perfect ripeness and it has not only apricot and peach but also butter and blossoms. It is spicy, balance, dense and mineral with a medium finish. There is no reason why not to drink it now. 18.8/20 points.
There are only a few winemakers in the Mosel valley who produce really good dry white wines, e.g. Heymann-Löwenstein. Another one is Brohl who is the owner of really old vines from 1889. The Brohl 2015 Alte Reben Riesling Spätlese trocken has the typical aromas of classic Riesling with apricot and peach, together with blossoms, spices and a little bit iodine. It is medium- to full-bodied, balanced, dense and very mineral. 17.8/20 points.
This wine was nearly 6 years in the barrel and it is made in a traditional way like 200 years ago. The Bassermann-Jordan 2012 Riesling Ancestrale tastes a bit of new wood and is medium-bodied, balanced, dense and mineral. It has a light residual sugar. This wine is absolutely youthful, no signs of aging. It has a great potential and will last for decades. Today it starts to open up but should be best in around 5-10 years. 17.5/20 points.
The Francois Chidaine 2019 Montlouis Les Bournais is an extremely mineral wine from the Loire, made of Chenin Blanc. It has blossoms and spices as well as a little bit elder wood. With medium-body and a fresh acidity like a Riesling, it is a chalky, clean and precise character wine. 17.8/20 points.
The Dönnhoff 2003 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese is only slightly sweet and so it matches perfectly to the pulpo salad with a bit of chili. It has cake batter, lime, passion fruit and blossoms and is medium-bodied, dense and mineral. It has some petrol, a long finish and a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness, although it is more on the dry side. Now it has the perfect ripeness. 18/20 points.