Riesling Sekt, Peter Lauer
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Riesling Sekt, Peter Lauer - 2018

Item # 46593 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Méthode champenoise Riesling from the Saar legend Peter Lauer is anything but your ordinary Sekt. This dry sparkling white comes from 20+ year-old vines, and possesses intense concentration and deep minerality. Pair with fried potato pancakes and sour cream,

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Staff Pick Notes

It's no secret, I've fallen head over heels for all the cuvées under the Lauer label since my introduction to Florian's wines at Robert Dentice's Riesling Study series. The way he masterfully gives life to such intense and long-lived wines without needing weight and overt ripeness truly amazes me and confounds me at once. Of course, I'd expect this to translate to his sekt. All of his vineyard work is done by hand, whole cluster grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press with occasional pump backs for short macerations. This vintage sekt is methode traditionelle, all hand-riddled and meticulously crafted. Encapsulating the Saar with unnerving acid and lean focused precision, this is like drinking lime, kiwi, and white grapefruit off wet slate in its purest sense, reminiscent of Georges Laval's Champagnes, which is a very good thing!


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