2022 Peter Lauer "Senior" Riesling, Mosel, Germany

On the nose: gooseberry, whipped cream, grapefruit zest, floral elements, and lots of mineral components. The wine is impeccably balanced on the palate. Here, orchard fruits interplay with fine spices and herbal elements. A great sense of zest provides the right counterpart to balance out the slight creaminess in the finish.



Lauer’s “Senior” is one of the of the greatest values in German wine. While Lauer considers this a village-level wine, the “Senior” is in fact a single-vineyard wine sourced completely from the Grand Cru Kupp. With an average vine age of around 70 years and a plethora of ungrafted vines, this is a wine that punches well above its price. It is Grand Cru for the price of village.


For purists, there is nothing like the Saar. The magic here is intensity without weight, grandiosity without size: rocks and acidity. Lauer is currently one of greatest estates in this sacred place. The style here is 180 degrees removed from his famous neighbors Egon Müller and Zilliken. The focus here is on dry and dry-tasting Riesling. While the source of most of the bottlings is the famed Ayler Kupp, Florian uses the pre-1971 vineyard names – Neuenberg, Stirn, Unterstenberg. Rigorous vineyard work, indigenous yeasts and spontaneous fermentations mean the wines find their own balance. The results are undeniable: depth, texture, dimension, clarity, cut. For Lauer, the large site of the Ayler Kupp has many different terroirs rather than a single, defining character. Soil composition, exposition, altitude, and microclimate in combination with vine age all make contributions to the individual character of each wine.


Grape(s) Riesling
Farming Organic