For purists, there is nothing like the Saar. It is arguably one of the greatest, most unique wine-growing regions on earth. The core of greatness in the Saar is intensity without weight, grandiosity without size and one of the leading proponents of this region is the cult winemaker Florian Lauer.
Florian’s general style is exactly the opposite of his famous Saar neighbors Egon Müller and Hanno Zilliken. At Lauer, the focus is on dry-tasting Rieslings as opposed to the residual sugar wines of the latter two. Employing natural-yeast fermentations, Lauer’s wines find their own balance. They tend to be more textural, deeper and more masculine. They have a preternatural sense of balance, an energy that is singular. Yet the hallmarks of the Saar are there: purity, precision, rigor, mineral.
If the names of German wines can be confronting at best, then maybe look away now. The Peter Lauer estate uses a mix of the old and new when labelling his wines, with a combination of the modern pradikat system, and some more traditional labels such as 'fass' which designates the barrel, yield and pick date of the wine in question.
To put it simply, these are unquestionably some of the most astute, breathtaking and pure Riesling wines you will try anywhere in the world, and this his 'village' level wine from Ayler Kupp is the gold standard for this region.
For a village wine, this has serious depth and a Burgundian type textural complexity. A long, creamy and herbal finish. Decant or aerate if you want to drink it young, but you can also hold and wait. Screw cap.