The Magic of Mineral
1987 Lauer Riesling Sekt Reserve

Posted by Joe Salamone

Force, power, rigor, minerality.

And yes, we are talking about a wine with over three decades of age.

It’s been well over a year since Florian Lauer released any Reserve sparkling wines from his cold cellars in the Saar. As one of the most lavish, plush and powerful sparkling wines we’ve ever had from him, the 1987 has been worth the wait.

For those of you who have not yet experienced these singular wines, let’s just say that Lauer’s Sekt Reserves are by far the greatest expressions of sparkling Riesling that we’ve tasted. There’s a fascinating and layered tension between the fresh, mineral-acid core and the nuanced richness that comes from the wine’s age.

These wines have become the stuff of legend among Crush regulars.

It doesn’t hurt that these bottles come with perfect provenance, having never been moved until pulled by Florian and disgorged – in the case of this release, in January of this year (2019).

For those of you that know these wines, we can only say that the 1987 is perhaps the freshest and most youthful vintage we’ve ever had. The wine is subdued yet explosive.

The nose is powerful, full of ripe lemon with rock salt, a mouth-watering marine/ocean water quality. The palate has gauzy caramel, stone fruits, and a dried herbal quality.

This is a complex, mysterious and delicious wine. The fact that you can land the 1987 Lauer with all of its age and fascination for the cost of a non-vintage Champagne is crazy.

We’ve written this line before, but it bears repeating, especially as no cellar lasts forever: Our advice is to take advantage of these treasures while you can.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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