Magic In The Saar: 2018 Lauer Riesling Schonfels GG

Posted by Joe Salamone

“We have never tasted so many great dry Mosel Rieslings in any previous vintage."

– Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines

As we wrote last week regarding Lauer’s miraculous 2018 GGs: 2018 was widely reported as one of the warmest vintages on record. While in some places this may have been a liability, in the cool-climate vineyards of the Mosel, this warmth served to polish the rather extreme acids that sometimes make the dry wines from this region, well, a bit harsh.

In the Saar, where the acids can be even more ferocious, there was even more potential for greatness in 2018.

Today, we present what may well be the greatest dry wine made in the Saar, and certainly one of the top dry Rieslings of Germany: Lauer’s 2018 Schonfels.

As many of you know, Schonfels is one of the Saar’s most daunting sites; a tiny, steep vineyard perched precariously above a large rock cliff, a precipice that drops a few hundred feet to the road below. It is also home to some of the oldest vines in the Saar, ungrafted centenarians that produce low yields of extraordinarily concentrated juice.

This wine is simply a fortress of slate and mineral. More than the other two Lauer GGs, the Schonfels demands time in the cellar, or, a very generous decant hours before drinking. It has that much energy, that much compact, vinous density.

We are offering this separately, and to a smaller group, only because the quantities here are very limited. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2018 Lauer Riesling Schonfels GG

Special Bottle Price: $54.95

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