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Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling

$26.00

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Vintage: 2022
Region: Saar, Germany
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Riesling

Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling is a slightly off-dry Saar Riesling. Rich orchard fruit and structure, racy acidity, and baking spices. Dollar for dollar, I’m not sure there is a 750ml bottle that delivers as much joy and zing. This is the gateway drug to Lauer, to the Saar, to Riesling… be careful. Very addictive.

Song: Electric Touch by Taylor Swift

Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Green Apple, Orchard Fruit, White Peach

BODY

Light-bodied

ACIDITY

Electric (High)

ALCOHOL

10-11%

OAK

Neutral Oak

SWEETNESS

Fruity & Dry

SERVING TEMP

Chilled Whites and Rosés (48°–52°)

SULFUR

Zero Sulfur Added

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vom Boden

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling

Peter Lauer Barrel X Riesling is winemaker Florian Lauer’s Platonic ideal of what a slightly off-dry (feinherb) Saar Riesling should be. If we were in Burgundy, this would be the equivalent of a “Bourgogne Blanc.” As an appellation-level wine, it is sourced from multiple vineyards in four different villages of the Saar: Ayl (Lauer’s home village), Saarburg, Wawern, and Wiltingen. Florian says, “From Ayl and Wawern, the wine gains the fruit and power, from Saarburg the racy acidity, and from Wiltingen, the spice.” Regardless of what comes from where, this much is certain: dollar for dollar, I’m not sure there is a 750ml bottle that delivers as much joy and zing. This is the gateway drug to Lauer, to the Saar, to Riesling… be careful. Very addictive.

Whole-cluster grapes are pressed directly in a pneumatic press, with the juice occasionally pumped back in for a short maceration. All fermentations take place with native yeasts and no fining agents or any other elements or products are ever added. Wines mature in a mixture of stainless steel, fiberglass, and traditional Fuder for 1-6 months on the lees, depending on the cuvee. No fining agents are used. The wines are lightly filtered with diatomaceous earth; all wines are vegan.

About Florian Lauer

For purists, there is nothing like the Saar. It is arguably one of the greatest, most unique wine-growing regions on earth. The core of greatness in the Saar is intensity without weight and grandiosity without size. Frank Schoonmaker put it best in his 1956 tome The Wines of Germany: “In these great and exceedingly rare wines of the Saar, there is a combination of qualities which I can perhaps best describe as indescribable – austerity coupled with delicacy and extreme finesse, an incomparable bouquet, a clean, very attractive hardness tempered by a wealth of fruit and flavor which is overwhelming.”

Yes, this is the Saar, and Florian Lauer is currently one of the greatest winemakers in this sacred place.

Florian’s general style is exactly the opposite of his famous Saar neighbor Egon Müller. At Lauer, the focus is on dry-tasting Rieslings as opposed to the residual sugar wines of the latter. For this style, there are only two addresses in the Saar (though more come online every year, trying to chase the style): Lauer and Hofgut Falkenstein.

Employing natural yeast fermentations, Lauer’s wines find their balance. They tend to be more textural, deeper, and more masculine. They have a preternatural sense of balance and an energy that is singular. Yet the hallmarks of the Saar are there: purity, precision, rigor, mineral.