What I’ve been drinking…

Dear reader,

I thought I’d jump right in because I don’t really know what to say about myself. My drink choices should speak for me… here is what I’ve been enjoying recently…

2009 Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken Saarburger Rausch ‘Diabas’. The name Diabas refers to a green-tinged basaltic stone of volcanic origin that is found in the Saarburger Rausch alongside the classic Devonian slate. This is the top feinherb of the Zilliken estate, very much at the ‘ripe peach’ end of the flavour spectrum; it’s a textbook example of how Saar Rieslings can be fully ripe and remain feather-light. This was my first experience with this wine and it has left quite an impression on me; this is my kind of Riesling and it reminds me of why I enjoy the wines of Peter Lauer so much.

2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, this is decidedly juicy and (like a 2007 Auslese we enjoyed recently – as dessert) still shows a lot of what Katharina Prüm likes to call “baby fat”. It’s a brilliant Sonnenuhr Spätlese. The 2009 Graacher Himmelreich is currently in a much less forgiving phase.

Both of these wines are very adolescent and are yet to emerge completely from their ‘closed-down’ phase; at least they have the benefit of a little natural sweetness. I have some more bottles of the Diabas Riesling and plan on waiting some time before opening another.

On a recent visit home, I pitched a couple of beautiful dry wines against each other for my father; a 2015 Clemens Busch Marienburg Falkenlay GG and a 2016 François Cotat Les Monts Damnés Sancerre. The Falkenlay is a truly outstanding example of the 2015 vintage, it is full of extract, ripe succulent fruit and mouthwatering acidity; it promises to mature into a very seductive dry wine. The Monts Damnés is drinking beautifully as a young wine but patience will be rewarded…

There, you know where my loyalties lie now.

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