2017 Carl Loewen Leiwener Laurentiuslay Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1407891 95 points James Suckling

 A breathtaking Spätlese! Succulent and vibrant with a bright acidity, carrying the long and super clean finish. Better from 2020, but it shows enormous aging potential.  (6/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 This wine hails from a parcel of one hundred year-old, ungrafted vines in the Laurentiuslay vineyard in Leiwen and was fermented and raised in fuder. The 2017 is twelve percent alcohol and carries eight grams per liter of residual sugar. This is absolutely superb on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet offering up scents of sweet grapefruit, tart orange, wild yeasts, a beautiful base of slate, citrus peel and a nice touch of lemongrass in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, suave and complex, with excellent balance and grip, snappy, ripe acids and superb length and grip on the focused and racy finish. A lovely wine. (Drink between 2021-2050)  (6/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Laurentiuslay Riesling Spätlese is discreet and floral with hazelnut notes on the delicate yet subtly intense nose. Lush and piquant on the palate, this is a sweet, concentrated, well-structured yet finessed and persistently salty Laurentiuslay with a long, seriously firm finish. Excellent and with great aging potential. Tasted in April 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

90 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 14 18. The 2017er Leiwener Laurentiuslay Spätlese develops a broad and delicately creamy nose made of white peach, apricot blossom, white flowers, ginger and some smoky slate. The wine proves full-bodied on the succulent and juicy palate, where riper fruits such as apricot underline the beautiful creamy nature of this Auslese in all but name. The finish is light and slightly diffuse at this early stage. This will gain in presence with some bottle age and could ultimately surprise us all, especially as it gains in focus and zest. 2027-2042." (06/2018)


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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
Country:

Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer