Peter Lauer 2017 Fass 9 Kern Riesling, Saar

Peter Lauer 2017 Fass 9 Kern Riesling, Saar

Item Number: 12353

UPC: None

Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Kern
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 10
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: Kern is named after the person who cleared the site in the early 20th century. Kern extends from the top of Ayler Kupp to the bottom of the vineyard. Therefore, this is a wine that shows the complete story of Ayler Kupp; it shows some of the power of the Unterstenberg with some of the tension of the Stirn. The 2017 Kern is maybe the greatest Lauer has ever done.

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.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (10/24/2019)

    Lauer speculated that the relatively cool nature of the Kern site and its wide diurnal temperature swings help explain how this year it evokes Sauvignon on a nose that features passion fruit, gooseberry and cassis. A glossy feel serves as buffering for the wine’s tart elements, while fresh lime and grapefruit guarantee refreshment – even given overt sweetness – on a finish that also delivers energetic invigoration and a vivid sense of slate underpinnings. Still, when compared with performances from other recent vintages, it seems as though this year a location so far back from the Saar River and tucked into the side valley of the Gollersbach was slightly disadvantaged.