Andrew Guard

2018 Riesling GK 'Auslese' Gold Kap 375ml, Peter Lauer

Picked on Beerenauslese level (115° Oechsle), the 2018 Kupp Auslese GK is super intense but also fine and slightly flinty on the bright, fresh and slatey-mineral nose. Lush and precise on the palate, this is a well-defined, salty-piquant, elegant, floral-flavored and highly finessed Auslese. It was bottled with 7.7% alcohol and 147 grams per liter of residual sugar. Roughly 500 375-milliliter bottles made. Tasted in June 2019. 95/100 Stephan Reinhardt, Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate

Florian Lauer is just plain talented. Some people just have it in spades and they are intense, restless, creative souls – lucky for all of us. Driving into the romantic Saar after the dramatic Mosel in January, I was immediately drawn to the countryside beauty of Burgundy and the famed Ayler Kupp is surely Florian's Corton.

One of the current projects that Florian is undertaking is the clearing of an old hillside named Lambertskirch that was once an incredibly well regarded vineyard which is not hard to believe when you consider that it is only a hundred meters or so from his incredible century old “Schoenfels” vineyard and has the same soil type. He is going to plant the site to Riesling using a massale selection of his best vines.

If Stefan Steinmetz's wines are potent and dramatic, then by contrast Florian's are incredibly precise and measured. He produces wines with the same precision and meticulous excellence that is revered and admired in the greatest German cars and Swiss watches. Each wine has a distinct saline quality (terroir) that offsets it's piercing fruit; the grandest of his wines such as “Saarfeilser” and “Kern” with extraordinary length of flavour.

A noteworthy part of my visit was the ensuing tasting that followed the vineyard tour. It became apparent to me that most of the bottles Florian used were half full and some nearly empty, I noticed that he tasted everything carefully before serving it to me and I think he must have noticed my observation when he pointed out that he was very happy how the wines were showing (as was I) considering that he had opened them all before Xmas! In short, the bottles I tasted were more than a month old and just incredible!