2020 KÖNIGSSCHILD | Tesch Riesling trockenTesch’s 2020 Riesling Königsschild offers a clear and delicate as well as elegant bouquet of ripe yellow fruits intertwined with almond or nutty aromas. Round, lush and elegant on the palate, this full-bodied Königsschild develops a certain power structured by serious phenols, mineral grip and fine salinity. For Tesch, this is an unusually rich and forceful Riesling. 13% alcohol.
92 | robertparker.com – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
So much youthful energy is married to a fruit cocktail of aromas that no mixologist could match. The wonder is that this is super-cool for the warm vintage, with so much drive and precision at the explosive finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
95 | jamessuckling.com – Stuart Pigott
Limestone soils with seashell under loess. It’s a homogenous vineyard and did not undergo stress in 2020. Floral, round notes in nose along with some allspice. Slightly rounder in the mouth than the 2019, but similar with citric fruits, some floral notes, and again the allspice. Gentle acidity provides liveliness but does not interfere with the finesse and clarity in the wine. This is a thrilling, electric wine with precision, salinity, and energy. This is the wine with the most finesse and as in 2019, my favorite of the collection.
95/A+ | TheFineWineReview – Claude Kolm
This has the most to it, with some charm already but hints at the greatest hidden depths. It’s not as ethereal as St Remigiusberg 2020 but is fine boned (despite the alcohol) and seemed to recall most strongly the structure of a Grosse Gewächs.
17 | jancisrobinson.com – Jancis Robinson MW
2019 KÖNIGSSCHILD | Tesch Riesling trockenThe Langenlonsheimer 2019 Riesling Königsschild is fruity and savory up front on the nose that represents the limestone terroir mixed with loess and loam as well as fully ripe and aromatic yet precise and coolish fruit with lime rind, grapefruit, tea and floral aromas. Round and intense on the palate, with a dense and concentrated texture, this is a full-bodied yet compact, filigreed and finely racy Königsschild with tight, lingering mineral freshness and good power and structure. The wine has improved enormously since the sample I tasted in early May. Luckily, I had it again in early August 2020.
92 | robertparker.com – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Some people are frightened of dry riesling, because they think the acidity will bite, but this is so generous (plenty of fruit-salad aromas) and, although it’s decisively dry, there’s nothing even vaguely resembling a sharp edge. Substantial, pithy finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
93 | jamessuckling.com – Stuart Pigott
More fragrant than the Unplugged and, in 2019, I’m not sure it qualifies as ‘elegant’, so much fruit and extract are crammed in here. This single-vineyard wine is a great buy for under €15. There is real breadth on the front palate and then it tightens up thrillingly so that it seems to have a long life ahead. Much longer than one would expect of a wine at this price. Vibrates on the finish.
16.5 pts. | jancisrobinson.com – Jancis Robinson MW
2018 KÖNIGSSCHILD | Tesch Riesling trockenFrom limestone soils mixed with loess and loam, Tesch’s 2018 Königsschild Riesling Trocken (AP 10 19) offers a clear, fresh and lemon-scented bouquet that indicates lovely purity and character. Fullbodied, lush and intense, with grip and good freshness, this is a clear, fresh and powerful dry Riesling with some bitters on the finish. The 2018 Königsschild lacks the concentration, tension and length of the 2017, though, and it also doesn’t have the purity and tightly woven length of the new Riesling Trocken. Tasted in August 2019.Drinking Date 2020-2026.
88 | robertparker.com – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
The Langenlosenheimer Königsschild goes to the level of exciting. From chalk, limestone, and loam soils, this wine is light, elegant, precise with lime and other citric fruits. Last digits of A.P. Nr. 10 19. 13.0% stated alcohol.
93/A | THE FINE WINE REVIEW – Claude Kolm
This is the wine in the Tesch range of single-vineyard, colour-differentiated Rieslings that is in brilliant turquoise. Grown on the ‘King’s Shield’ vineyard south of the Löhrer Berg on limestone with loess and loam. Particularly deep-rooted vines. There is half a per cent more alcohol in this wine than in the rest of the range according to the label but it smells and tastes distinctly ethereal. And bone dry too. This is a bit of a ballet dancer – lissom Riesling. The opposite of pushy. It might well benefit from a little bottle age. 13% | Drink 2020 – 2026.
16.5+ pts. | jancisrobinson.com – Jancis Robinson MW
2017 KÖNIGSSCHILD | Tesch Riesling trockenFrom limestone soils mixed with loess and loam, Tesch’s 2017 Königsschild Riesling Trocken is very clear and elegant on the fine, pure and fresh, floral/herbal as well as yeasty nose. Round and fruity on the palate, this is a rather refined and delicate dry Riesling with round and lush, ripe fruit and a finely nervy minerality. The Königsschild is less tight and tensioned than the Löhrer Berg, but it’s a more frisky and filigreed type of Riesling. It’s very elegant and pure and perhaps a more feminine type with remarkable balance and a delicate finish. 12.5% alcohol. Bottled under screwcap. Tasted at the domain in July and at home in August 2019 (AP 06 18). | Drinking Date 2019 -2030.
89 | robertparker.com – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Not a blockbuster, but a perfect example of a fine dry Riesling, this is seductive, delivering elegance and a silky texture, showing harmony between ripe orchard fruit and mineral notes, with a vibrant structure and good complexity. Long, lip-smacking finish.
91/100 | Wine Spectator
Whispers of smoke and crushed mineral lend nuance to bristling lemon and lime flavors in this dry, yet lusciously textured Riesling. Its fruit profile is fresh and forward yet it’s a steely, vibrantly mineral wine too.
92/100 | Wine Enthusiast
Another impressive wine from this bone-dry riesling specialist. Still a little shy and funky on the nose, but there’s a very satisfying balance of fresh fruit-salad and elegant acidity on the palate. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
92 | jamessuckling.com – Stuart Pigott
Brilliant turquoise for the King’s Shield vineyard on a mix of limestone, loess and alluvial loam. The vines here have particularly deep roots. Creamy, almond nose – rather subtle. Then a great wham of fruit on the palate. Very dense and explosive. Quite a showy wine compared with the Krone. Lots to chew on here; a little more astringent than some. This would partner food well. Charcuterie? Very long. Drink: 2018-2023.
17 pts. | jancisrobinson.com – Jancis Robinson MW