The old vine (alte reben means old vines in German) Saarburger trocken is clearly a remarkable wine in filigree delicacy and precision, all about finesse and deep old vine complexity. I would posit it more like an exceptional 1er cru wine to the Grosses Gewächs’ Grand cru personality. Again, this cuvée has never before been imported to the US, and I am proud to finally insist that these vines that are as old as Hanno find audience here in America. Just 2 fuders made, rougly 220 12btl cases. Again, please, thank you, and you’re welcome. :0 Another US Down to Earth exclusive.
“The Vieilles Vignes bottling from the Saarburger hails from vines that range from sixty to seventy years of age and the wine is absolutely gorgeous, with its 11.5 percent alcohol providing a middleweight of absolutely perfect balance. The gorgeous nose jumps from the glass in a blend of fresh pineapple, lemon, lovely slate underpinnings, already a touch of saltiness and just lovely, discreet botanicals in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and really impressively filigreed, with a fine core, laser-like precision, ripe acids and outstanding balance and grip on the very long, racy and youthful finish. Just superb bottle of dry Riesling in the making, but give it a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers of complexity to emerge. 2020-2050. 92+.” John Gilman