This month, we highlight tow great wines from the Auctions, including this modern day legend in the making, flirting with perfection.
(image: Weingut Willi Schaefer, all rights reserved)
The Auctions held by the Bernkasteler Ring and the VDP / Grosser Ring at the end of September were again not-to-be-missed rendez-vous for any Mosel and Riesling lover. As we reported in our Special Issue - Auction Guide (released as soon as early September), there were some magnificent Mosel wines offered and we feature two examples which were among the highlights at show.
The word bargain can hardly be used for the Willi Schaefer Auslese but, to put it simply, this is a modern day legend in the making, flirting with perfection.
Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese (Auction)
The story of this wine is worth telling, explains Christoph Schaefer: "When we came to this vineyard in the Fergert part of the Domprobst, there were hardly any berries left. Was this the result of wild boars? I don't know. But what was left was simply perfect: Very small and perfectly ripe berries. We harvested all in one go and this is the result." Well the result is quite stunning. This has the intensity of the finest of Auslese but it is not a typical GK or LGK, it is fresher, lighter. The wine just offers the most unbelievable nose of white, yellow and red fruits (cassis, pineapple and citrus), wrapped in sappy notes of honey and spices. Despite all the opulence, the wine remains elegant and refined on the palate with a seemingly endless finish, where more flavors emerge and the acidity continues to tickle the palate for minutes on end. It is a stunning piece of winemaking and simply one of the most exciting young wines ever tasted in this "Feine Auslese" style. This could ultimately merit a perfect score: It is that impressive! 2017-2039
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