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The estate of Peter Lauer was admitted into the prestigious VDP in 2012, further cementing it as one of Germany’s leading wine estates.
For purists, there is nothing like the Saar. Saar shows intensity without weight, grandiosity without size: rocks and acidity. Frank Schoonmaker put it best in his 1956 tome The Wines of Germany: “In these great and exceedingly rare wines of the Saar, there is a combination of qualities which I can perhaps best describe as indescribable – austerity coupled with delicacy and extreme finesse, an incomparable bouquet, a clean, very attractive hardness tempered by a wealth of fruit and flavor which is overwhelming.”
Yes, this is the Saar. Peter Lauer, founded in 1830, is currently one of greatest estates in this sacred place.
Florian Lauer is today making some of the best Riesling in Germany from his vines around the Saar town of Ayl.
The style at Lauer is quite the opposite of his famous Saar neighbours, Egon Müller and Hanno Zilliken – the focus at Lauer is for dry and off-dry Rieslings bottled from single sites, identified by their cask number, as opposed to the Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese wines of the latter two made using the German Prädikat System. Yet the hallmarks are similar: purity, precision, intensity, minerality.
The 2022er Ayler 1G, as it is referred to on the central part of the label, is a dry Riesling made from fruit picked in the Lieu-Dit Scheiderberg, a north-east facing sector legally in the Ayler Kupp vineyard but forming the heart of the Scheidterberg hill (this sector has been classified as “VDP.Erste Lage” by the VDP Mosel hence the 1G). This cask sample offers a beautifully complex and appealing nose of wild herbs, gingerbread, ginger, sea breeze, and vineyard peach. The wine is delicately smooth and juicy on the palate, and leaves a superbly spicy and salty finish. This is a great dry Riesling. 2026-2037
Mosel Fine Wines
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