2017 Le Gallais (Egon Müller) Wiltinger Braune Kupp Auslese Riesling Saar (Previously $250)

SKU #1398094 96 points James Suckling

 Within the context of Egon Müller, this is a quite a bold and generous wine. However, like the other wines of this vintage from this site, it has a super straight and fresh finish that pulls you back for more. Drink or hold.  (6/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Wiltinger Braune Kupp Auslese is intense yet clear and flinty on the ripe and generous, slightly honeyed but precise and slatey nose. Lush, round and juicy on the palate, this is a crystalline, tightly structured and persistently mineral Auslese with a long, slatey-piquant, pretty mouthwatering and finely racy finish. The sweetness is well balanced and lush and bears a highly stimulating salty-mineral grip. A gorgeous Auslese from the Kupp. (SR)  (8/2019)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Braune Kupp Auslese from Egon Müller is another beautiful wine in the making, with great purity and salty mineral drive coupled to its nice glaze of botrytis. The aromatic constellation delivers a mix of pear, white cherries, a hint of mint, bee pollen, salty soil tones, hints of the honeycomb to come with bottle age and a topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully glazed, with an elegant profile, a fine core, bright, zesty acids and excellent length and grip on the complex and vibrant finish. This wine deserves at least five years in the cellar to start to show some of its secondary layers, but it is so delicious right now that I am sure that many bottles will be drunk with great pleasure right out of the blocks. 2023-2075+.  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

95 points Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2017er Wiltinger Braune Kupp Auslese develops a delicately ripe and very engaging nose of pear, passion fruit, greengage, herbs and delicately earthy spices. The wine proves superbly balanced on the palate, where it leaves a gorgeous creamy feel lifted by some playful acidity. The balance is simply stunning. The finish is beautifully zesty and lively, with the sweetness nicely structured by some minerals and vibrant acidity. 2027-2052." (06/2018)

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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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.


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