Julian Haart's roster of wine apprenticeships is nothing short of unbelievable: Egon Müller, Klaus Peter Keller, Werner Schönleber and Rheinhard Löwenstein.
It's no wonder that he rapidly achieved cult status and was catapulted into the Mosel's elite.
Since our first offer of the 2011s (his second vintage), we've been shocked by how much the wines have improved each year. It's clear that Haart is one of the most talented young winemakers in Germany.
Having said all of this, we weren't prepared for how good Haart's 2015s are. It is, by leaps and bounds, the best vintage we've seen.
We should warn you that Haart's wines are extremely limited. These are the only bottles of 2015 Piesporter currently available in the U.S.
On paper, the Piesporter is a mere "village" wine, but in reality it comes from 30+ year old vines planted in Goldtröpchen. This is a dead serious bottle.
The 2015 is a deep and tactile dry Riesling. It has a certain Baroque exuberance backed by a firm, gripping and etched mineral core.
What makes Haart's 2015s special is the brilliant equilibrium that they reach between power, clarity and finesse. It's difficult not to think of Klaus Peter Keller, Haart's mentor and good friend. Both of them turn out sculpted, deeply complex wines that are also miraculously packed with soil tones, detail and lifted elegance.
We expect great things from Julian Haart each vintage, but his success in 2015 is startling. The 2015 Piesporter should not be missed.
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2015 Julian Haart Riesling Piesporter
John Gilman, View from the Cellar: "The Piesporter Riesling this year carries the Trocken designation, as it was finished around five grams per liter of residual sugar. This is made from the youngest vines that Julian works with in his parcels in Goldtröpfchen, which were all planted in 1985 and are now thirty years of age. The wine offers up a complex and classy bouquet of tart pear, orange zest, petrol, a fien base of slate, wild yeasts, a bit of currant leaf and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with outstanding focus and grip and a long, racy finish. Another really lovely bottle that will drink well out of the blocks, but age very well.”