Utterly Mesmerizing Kabinett: 2013 Lauer Ayler Kupp Kabinett Auction

Posted by Joe Salamone

Utterly Mesmerizing Kabinett
2013 Lauer Ayler Kupp Kabinett Auction

Auction bottlings represent some of the most magical wines in producers' cellars and the pinnacle of the vintage.

Lauer's auction Kabinett is a powerful example of just how great, how fascinating these bottles can be.

Over the years we've learned that a large gulf separates the auction bottlings from the general releases. Countless times, we've opened auction bottlings from our favorite producers and have been floored.

While many bottlings that arrive at the Grosser Ring auction are extremely intense, most often in the form of BAs and TBAs (monumental sweet wines) or outsized versions of lower Prädikats (Kabinett, Spätlese, and Auslese), our favorites tend to be the wines that are more classically scaled.

The beauty of Lauer's 2013 Auction Kabinett is the extraordinary fine-ness and crystal clear presentation of the region’s slate-y elegance, rather than an overwhelming intensity. Undoubtedly, Lauer's Auction is one of the top Kabinetts of the vintage. Florian Lauer considers the 2013 to be one of the greatest Kabinetts they've ever produced.

There's no way to get around the fact that auction bottlings can be pricey. At $45.95 on bottles and $42.95 in 4-packs, Lauer's 2013 Kabinett Auction is some of the best value we've seen to come out of the auction.

It’s an archetypal Kabinett that manages to pack a mind-altering amount of complexity and length into a compact, agile frame. This is a miraculous combination that only the Saar can pull off.

In 2013, Lauer produced insanely precise, pure and tense wines. The auction Kabinett takes all of these qualities and elevates them to a mindbending level. There's a razor cut, electric transparency and super-detailed minerality.

I've drunk a couple of bottles and find myself obsessed with how intricately complicated the wine is while being featherweight. This is one of the most exciting young wines that I've tasted from Germany in some time. I can't wait to watch it evolve for the next ten years and more. I encourage you to take advantage of the 4-pack pricing for this reason.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyers
Crush Wine & Spirits

2013 Lauer Ayler Kupp Kabinett Auction

Special Email Bottle Price: $45.95

Special Email 4-Pack Price: $171.80 ($42.95/btl)