A wine that gets a long time on its lees in old barrels. A fantastic vintage with high ripeness and acidity, it will take a moment to round out. Gold with green reflections. Dense and ripe, totally pure. Fantastic wine, and still very young. L&S (Jul 2017)
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Just beginning to take on the waxy and fumy characteristics of a Riesling that has had time to age. But still the fruit keeps coming on the nose with a distinctive combination of lime and pear. On the palate lime and ripe gooseberry join forces in a generous aromatic expression, which is supported by a hint of marzipan, some notes of nutty kernel and waxy peel. A subtle salty tang on the finish is beginning to take this Grosses Gewächs into the realms of complexity. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 Rating: 17 Michael Schmidt, JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2018)
Masses on the nose – nuts and white tea leaf and clementines. Spine-tingling acidity pulling through the wine, marmalade (without sweetness) and lime-soaked honey. Tight and gloriously deep and long and fragrant. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2018)
Located in the heart of the romantic Mosel, the Lehnert-Veit family has a long tradition of quality wine-growing, dating back to 1653 when Eucharius Lehnert was at the helm. These traditions have been passed on through the generations, all the way to the current 10th generation, led by Peter Lehnert (who happened to go to university with Stefan Braunewell). Their hometown of Piesport is on the bank of the Mosel and their 11 hectares of vines are around the town on both sides of the river, with some of the best sites: ‘premier crus’ Falkenberg and Günterslay as well as the jewel in the crown, the ‘grand cru’ vineyard Goldtröpfchen.
Their estate wines are the starting point for the classification of their vineyards. They are situated in carefully selected locations on exceptional soils made of quartzite, sand and slate. The soil of the Falkenberg and Günterslay ‘Erste Lagen’ have a higher proportion of rough stone, giving the pinot noirs their elegance and lightness. Finally the ‘Grosse Lage’ Goldtröpfchen is home to Lehnert-Veit’s top Rieslings. This renowned terroir has a higher proportion of fine slate at a much greater depth, giving the wine its intense minerality and roundness. Ripe, yellow summer fruits like peach, apricot and mirabelle and, depending on the year, different citrus fruits as well.
Peter says ‘Our winemaking philosophy begins in the vineyard. Integrated winegrowing, organic fertilization, low cutting, thinning of the grapes in the summer, selective harvesting, gentle aging and a fermentation with natural yeast are key. Always with an emphasis on wines of the highest quality.’
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