2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml)

SKU #1314080 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Beerenauslese is very concentrated and intense on the nose, with dried dark stone fruit aromas along with spicy and some oaky flavors. Round, super lush and seamless in its highly elegant, finessed and perfectly balanced texture, this BA reveals stunning finesse and vitality on the palate, with great acidity and stimulating salinity in the crystalline finish. This is gorgeously intense and finessed, and the sweetness is carried away by finesse! (SR)  (4/2017)

97 points James Suckling

 Piquant acidity that could wake the dead. Stunning concentration and enormous citrus freshness at the finish. Very clean and pure in spite of the density and power. Super fresh with decades of aging potential.

95-96 points Vinous

 A penetrating nose of candied lime and grapefruit peels along with kirsch-laced cherry jam and mango chutney serves as fair warning that the palate will be colorful and tongue-tingling. Remarkably, it also possesses infectiously refreshing primary juiciness, a cooling infusion of mint, and transparency to site-typical smoky and crushed stone impressions. There is an almost custardy sense of density and richness, for all of this elixir’s citric brightness and soaring sense of levity. Nips of cress add to the invigoration of a glowing, electrically charged finish. Time may well reveal this to be even more remarkable than it already appeared to be when I last tasted it from cask. A few more like this and Molitor will be able to rest his case for the prowess of Rausch, something that until now, in my experience, only Zilliken has succeeded in demonstrating. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Saarburger Rausch is one of the most important sites in the Saar. The soil here is composed of a mixture of decomposed, grey, Devonian slate and volcanic diabase. The soils are highly penetrable and roots can dive 10 meters into the fractured slate giving the wines a distinctive minerality.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.


Alcohol Content (%): 6