Peter Lauer 2017 'Senior' Riesling, Saar
Item Number: 12349
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Ayler Kupp
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
The Lauer Senior is one of the greatest values in German white wine, period. This is declassified grand cru wine sourced from a parcel of the Ayler Kupp with 70+-year-old ungrafted vines. As with the Barrel X, this has more acid and a tad more RS than the 2016 version. This year it’s really limited.
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.