91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Monopol blends fruit from the three grand crus and opens with clear, aromatic mango fruit and, after a while, lots of flinty notes of crushed stones. Silky, pure and enormously salty on the palate, this is a stunning, complex, tensioned and almost challenging Estate Riesling with lingering salinity and immense complexity and charisma. A spectacular wine at this price point. Tasted in June 2019.
The newly named “Monopol” is Maximin Grunhauser’s brilliant, affordable estate riesling. Monopol refers to the fact that the Grunhauser estate owns the entire hillside of vineyards. Most vineyards in Germany are shared amongst dozens of growers, so this is quite uncommon. The wine is anything but uncommon as its aromas and flavors burst out with green apple, green pear, green tea, key lime and minerals. Dry on the palate with sizzling acidity and freshness. Can you find a better $20 Riesling from Germany?
Drink with classic German foods like bratwurst, schnitzel, baked ham or melted cheeses.