Weingut Peter Lauer, Saar, Germany
Riesling for Advance Learners & Collectors
Weingut Peter Lauer, admitted VDP in 2012, is now run by Florian Lauer. The Lauer family has been making wines in Saar since 1830. In contrary to other great producers in Saar, the focus of Florian is on dry to slightly off-dry Rieslings. Thanks to the varied geographical elements, such as steep site, rocky slate soil, and cooler growing conditions, the wines are transparent, low in alcohol and sweetness; but high in weight, minerals, acidity and complexity. As Florian put it himself, these are “Riesling for advance learners”.

The estate believes in organic viticulture and renewable resources not only in the vineyard and the cellar, but also in their packaging. All labels are made from natural paper which can be removed easily in the industrial washing process (in Germany, all glass bottles can be recycled). Also, no capsules are used in order to eliminate metal-plastic bond waste.

 

NV Sekt, Riesling Brut
A dry sparkling Riesling made by traditional method

Price: $260

Tasting Notes: Notes of honeycomb and sugar cookie add a caramelized warmth to ripe tangerine and peach aromas on this aromatic Riesling sparkler. It’s intensely floral and fruity on the palate, but with hints of maturity and a laser-sharp acidity that cuts through rich, foamy mousse. 91/100, Wine Enthusiast (issue Jan-Feb 2014)
 
 

1992 Sekt, Riesling Brut Reserve
Aged on lees for 18-22 years

Price: $820

Tasting Notes: It is an extra dry Riesling that is aged on lees for 18-20 years (different in every vintages). It can be compared to an aged Champagne, slow bubbles, with a hint of oxidation and bone dryness.
 
 
 

2012 Ayler Kupp, Extra Dry
Extra dry riesling from Alyer Kupp.

Price: $220

Tasting Notes: Transparent and direct. White peaches, green apples, limes and minerals. Good extracts on the dry finish.  
 
 

2012 Ayler Kupp "Senior", Extra Dry
Made in a style as "Senior Lauer" (Florian's Grandfather) likes it. 

Price: $220

Tasting Notes: Juicy and uplifting. Mix of white flowers, spices, peppers and rocks. The slight residual sugar adds to the texture of the wine. A finish which stains your tongue with citrus peels, herbs, minerals, and lingering acids.
 
 

2012 Schonfels GG
The flagship wine of the estate. From low yielding, 100 years old vines on a windy and 90% inclination site. 

Price: $370

Tasting Notes: Elegant and complete, nothing being out of place. Lemon, lime peels, rosewater, faint spices, and rocks. A mineral infused finish which runs long and deep. A keeper! 
 
 

2012 Saarfeilser GG
South-South East plot on a mild climate peninsula between the Saar river and Saar channel. 55 years old vines. Gravel soil.

Price: $370

Tasting Notes: The fullest in body, with mindblowing lemon-lime fruits and a phenolic structure that is comparable to a red!
 
 
 

2012 Kupp GG
From vines planted in 1956 on the Ayler Kupp.

Price: $370

Tasting Notes: Ripe, polished, pure but generous. Lemons, slate rocks and honey. on the nose. Masses of spices, minerals, and salts slowly unfolding over the 60 seconds finish.
 
 
 
 

 

2013 Kabinett
Released in the VDP auction held in September each year.

Price: $290 

 
 

 

2014 Spatlese
Released in the VDP auction held in September each year. 

Price: $430

 
 
 
 

 

2012 Auslese
Released in the VDP auction held in September each year.

Price: $460

Auslese: means "select harvest"
Sweetness level: 83–110 Oechsle (191–260 g/l sugar)
Style: grapes are hand-selected and have noble rot
 
 

 

2011 Kupp TBA
Released in the VDP auction held in September each year. 

Price: $2,580 (375 ml)

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA): means "dry berry select harvest"
Sweetness level: 150-154 Oechsle
Style: the most rare wine of the group made from raisinated grapes that dried out on the vine picked at 150-154 Oechsle.