2021 Peter Lauer Fass 13 Feils Vineyard, Mosel, Germany
ABOUT THIS WINE
In ancient times, when a mighty river covered the Saar Valley, the water left behind sand, gravel, and stones. The young Saar River cut its way into this old riverbed and created the steep gravel slope called Feils, which is located on a peninsula and planted with old vines. These vines are deeply rooted, perpendicular to the groundwater without hitting rock. Feils, a particularly warm site, whose soil is similar to the Médoc, impresses with its opulent flavor of fresh herbs. Mint, ethereal notes, and exoticism combine to create a unique dry Saar Riesling.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Riesling is our passion at Weingut Peter Lauer. Our wine estate in Ayl has among the best steep slopes on the Saar. In addition to the famous Ayler Kupp, we cultivate two other important vineyards in the Mosel region: the Saar Feilser directly above the river and the steeply sloping vineyard Schonfels, a little farther upstream. Recently, we also replanted and recultivated the now forgotten Lambertskirch, just a stone’s throw from Schonfels.
Our white wines have been among the best in the Saar for many years. Since 2013, we have been a member of the VDP (Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates). Our wines from VDP.GROSSEN LAGEN® in the dry and off-dry styles are particularly special. We also produce exceptional sparkling wines.
Each cask corresponds to a distinctive style and a special point of origin. The must from specific vineyards is always vinified in the same container as the previous year. The cask is thereby unique.
The wild yeast flora inside the cask “hibernates” in the fine fibers of the wood and ferments the same site again in a style comparable to its predecessors. According to grandfather’s custom, all wines are given this number – the house number in the old vaulted cellar.
Our wines are vinified according to age-old artisanal and traditional winemaking practices and fermented spontaneously without genetically modified or cultured yeasts. The vineyards serve as the source of these wild yeasts. But the cellar is also home to natural flora.
On the way to a great authentic wine, both sources are involved and leave their characteristic fingerprint – the yeasts of the vineyard and those of the cellar.
It was over 100 years ago that Saar wine had a mythical reputation – it was twice as expensive as wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy. A good bottle cost 15 marks (Goldmarks) and more. That would be one or two months’ wages today. The oldest vineyard classification in the world from 1832 testifies to the importance of viticulture on the Saar at that time. This historical viticultural cadastre describes the world’s most exclusive and valuable vineyards of the 19th century. At this time, great-great-grandfather Matthias laid the foundation for a 180-year-old tradition.