2018 Karthäuser Riesling Trocken
From warm, early-ripening terroir, Tesch’s 2018 Karthäuser Riesling Trocken offers a clear and bright bouquet with intense and ripe fruit aromas but also a distinctive purity and coolish character. Fullbodied and juicy yet fresh and precise, this is a powerful but also well-structured and sustainable dry Riesling cultivated on weathered red sandstone soils. The wine reveals enormous mineral vitality and tension on the sustainable finish, but it also doesn’t deny the sunny vintage. “That’s what we are looking for,” says Martin Tesch. “The vintage is part of the terroir, and I want to smell and sniff the vintage still in ten years from this wine.” He will. Tasted from AP 12 19 in August 2019.
92 | ROBERT PARKER – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Tesch’s Laubenheimer Karthäuser is from weathered red sandstone soils. It shows some spice to strawberry and citric fruits, a medium-weight body, good freshness, and notable raciness. Last digits of A.P. Nr. 12 19. 12.5% stated alcohol.
92/A | THE FINE WINE REVIEW – Claude Kolm
The maroon one, grown on a weathered sandstone south-west-facing amphitheatre that’s a little suntrap. The first vineyard to be picked. Fairly broad and rich with a certain graininess of texture and slightly less obvious acidity than some of its stablemates. There’s a little meatiness to this particular Riesling. Distinctive. 12.5% | Drink 2019 – 2025
16.5 pts.| JANCISROBINSON.COM – Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW
2017 Karthäuser Riesling Trocken
From a well-protected, southwest-facing vineyard on weathered red sandstone, the early-ripening 2017 Karthäuser Riesling Trocken is very clear and fresh on the deep and intense, complex and wellconcentrated yet precise and spicy, herbal/floral and lemon-scented bouquet with its discreet flinty notes. Full-bodied and round but also pure, fresh and mineral on the palate, this is a complex and pretty powerful dry Riesling with a long and structured, powerful and sustainable finish that also reveals some fine but firm tannins and good acidity. An impressive, terroir-driven and age-worthy Riesling that needs pork rather than just fish as a pairing partner. Tasted two times in July and August 2019 (AP 08 18).
Drinking Date 2022 -2040 | 92 | ROBERT PARKER – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Needs some aeration for the wild berries to enrich the intensely herbal bouquet, but there’s already a ton of white peaches on the palate and mineral acidity that energizes this tightly wrapped package. Dramatic and austere finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
93 | JAMESUCKLING.COM – Stuart Pigott
Amphitheatre of weathered sandstone facing south west retains warmth and its grapes are the first to ripen. Broad, earthy nose with immediate appeal on the nose and then very pronounced acidity. Very much a game of two halves, this wine. I’d wait until next year before broaching it to see how the nose and palate integrate. Really vibrant on the palate but the acidity dominates for now. Drink: 2019-2024.
16.5 pts. | JANCISROBINSON.COM – Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW