The Lentum (meaning “slow/tenacious” in Latin) is pretty amazing and singular stuff, a testament to his uncommon patience and impeccable cellar practices. It spends no less than 3 years in barrel without a drop of sulfur, with then a small amount added just before bottling. The end result is a wine of totally silky, weightless harmony whose purity and persistence are really remarkable. There is a haunting intensity to this wine, in turn-up-the-quiet fashion. I heard it from several people before discovering for myself: this is a singular and gorgeous Mosel wine like no other. Like so many things here, this wine defies comparison, both for the 2018 vintage as well as the style in general. Check it out, and you will see exactly what I mean……a little * awarded here.
“The 2017 Riesling Trocken Lentum is from the Mullay-Hofberg and was fermented in a 12-year-old fuder until early September this year. The wine displays an intense golden-yellow color and opens with an intensely aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-fleshed fruits and a yeasty texture due to the long and sulfur-free aging on the full lees. Pure, fresh and piquant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, very elegant, dense and complex dry Riesling with juicy fruit, remarkable purity, mineral grip and enormous vitality. Stimulatingly salty and bottled with 50 milligrams of added sulfur. An excellent wine that will benefit from a longer bottle aging. 11.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.” 94 Stephan Reinhardt for the 2017, NOT THE 2018 OFFERED HERE.