Peter Lauer 2017 'Barrel X' Riesling (Off-Dry), Saar
Item Number: 12348
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 10.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): 20 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
The greatest “Barrel X” ever? Maybe. When Vom Boden visited in June, it was still on the fine lees because the acids were so powerful. That said, the wine also has a bit more natural RS than normal (about 19 grams). This is just next level, explosive. Barrel X is the legend; it’s Lauer’s platonic ideal of what a delicately off-dry Saar Riesling should be.
Vintage Notes: 2017 is another one of those perplexing, confusing, the-story-depends-on-the-address type of vintage. Well here’s one fact about the vintage at chez Lauer: 2017 takes the finesse of 2016 and adds a dash more ripeness and on average a full gram per liter more acidity in each wine.
Winemaking Notes: Florian is a minimalist in their cellar. The only interventions are temperature control, a clarification prior to fermentation, and battonage (stirring of the lees). The grapes ferment spontaneously with native yeast. Lees contact is allowed as well as some partial malolactic fermentation. As he describes it, "I don't look for malo but I don't avoid try to avoid it. It just happens in parallel." This approach takes the edge out of the acidity, and if done with care, doesn’t add simplifying lactic notes.
2016 Vintage Voted #66 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wine of 2018
"A lithe white, showing fine clarity and focus, with orange blossom aromas followed by kumquat and nectarine notes on the palate. Off-dry, offering ample acidity for balance, with a mineral-infused finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported."