Peter Lauer 2017 'Senior' Riesling, Saar

Peter Lauer 2017 'Senior' Riesling, Saar

Item Number: 12349

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Ayler Kupp
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89 - 91) (4/27/2018)

    The 2017 Ayler Kupp Riesling "Fass 6" Senior shows lovely tropical pineapple fruit intermixed with flinty flavors. On the palate, this is a lush, elegant, finessed and medium-weight Riesling with a long, juicy, stimulatingly light, salty/slatey and aromatic finish. This is a mouth-filling and intense Riesling with stimulating mineral freshness and purity. It's not bone dry, but still too dry to be called medium-dry. Floral Lauer calls it the "sweet spot of the Saar."
  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/24/2019)

    With the same 13 grams of residual sugar as its fine vintage 2016 predecessor, this manages to come off as nearly dry-tasting thanks to much higher acidity. (It didn’t undergo malolactic transformation.) Snappy apple, lime and just-ripe pear are mingled with coriander and fennel on a fetching nose and a glossy but firm palate. The animating finish grips but also admirably refreshes, with piquancy of citrus zests balanced by generous, bright sheer juiciness, while underlying wet stone helps set off the fruit and herbs.