2018 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2018
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 94
Mosel Fine Wine Review: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
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"Oliver Haag has stopped suppressing the vineyard name on the label of his Brauneberger "village" wine, so the newest release comes along as 2018 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett. The wine has a very clear, fresh and crunchy slate bouquet but is still reductive (in a very attractive way, though) before it opens to very clear, attractive ripe stone fruit aromas intertwined with spicy slate notes. On the palate, this is a clear, lush, fresh, salty-piquant and delicately structured Riesling with gorgeous fruit and a crisp, salty/slatey finish. Tasted in April 2019.

With the 2017s, Oliver Haag has perhaps made the vintage of his life. There wasn't a single wine I tasted that I couldn't recommend to buy and drink. Even the so called "entry level" is impressive in its precision and concentration. The GGs are great (and much finer than less than a decade ago), but honestly, the predicates are the wines to collect. The higher the level, the finer the wine, and the closer to the Juffer Sonnenuhr, the more legendary the wine. No less than three 100-pointers had to be given, all of them for the Juffer Sonnenuhr, one of the greatest terroirs along Mosel, Saar and Ruwer: Auslese LGK, BA and TBA. These selections are so clear, precise and refined, so beautifully balanced yet intense and fragile. Perfection and fascination, if you like to break all this down to one line.br/>
The first three 2018s had just been bottled when I tasted the 2017s in early April this year, and Oliver Haag asked me not to publish my impressions because the wines were not at their peak yet. This may be, but I was already impressed and am wondering if Fritz Haag's 2018 will rival the great 2017s? A huge success for Oliver Haag, whose wines are so joyful to drink anytime." (WA)

"The right edge of reductive funk here and a very fresh array of white-nectarine and lime aromas and succulent flavors. Sublime freshness and drinkability here. Screw cap." (JS)

"The 2018er Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit harvested at approx. 85° Oechsle on the Brauneberger hill (i.e. in the Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr vineyards) and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar. It offers a beautiful nose made of vineyard peach, herbs, floral elements and refreshing elements of whipped crème fraiche. The wine is gorgeously playful on the palate, where it unleashes some nice orchard fruits, ripe zesty elements and the creamy side of a light Spätlese. The finish is animating and hugely long. This is a gorgeously animating expression of light-footed and floral Mosel Riesling. 2028-2043" (MFW)

Winery Notes:
A selection of early-picked fruit from both the Juffer and Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyards, the Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett has a very fine, delicate structure and pure, enervating fruitiness that exemplifies the Fritz Haag style.