The 2015 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese ** (Golden Capsule) displays clear, intense, concentrated and perfectly ripe (stone-) fruit that does not show any hints of botrytis (but a single new barrel) although the grapes were partly botrytised yet perfectly sorted. Rich, round and lush like a Spätlese but finessed and elegant like a top class Auslese, this is an intense and creamy textured Rausch Auslese with an endless flow of very fine Riesling juice intermixed with lemon juice. The acidity is super fine but fresh and vital, and there are even very fine tannins that probably come from the Burgundian pièce that was blended with the 1000-liter stainless steel vat. This is a crystalline Auslese with clear and perfectly ripe fruit and a long, complex finish. 97+ points. (SR)
A ton of dried fruit character and plenty of spice too. A lot of power and density, but the acidity is laser bright and that lifts the finish beautifully. Better from 2020 and should reach at least the mid-century.
This 'two-star' Auslese confirms what last year’s 'three-star' bottling suggested, namely that Molitor’s recently acquired vines in Rausch are quite capable of playing in the Saar’s premier league. Scents of papaya and confitured Rainier cherry are shadowed by high-toned suggestions of kirsch distillate and accompanied by intimations of fresh, zesty lime, all of which anticipates a palate impression that is exotically ripe and plush but at the same time invigoratingly bright. A musky, animal dimension and pungent smokiness typical for this site lend intrigue to a wine that walks on the wild side in terms of volatility and botrytis, finishing with raw intensity and innervating, implacable persistence. (DS)
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