2018 Königsschild Riesling Trocken
From 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 | ROBERT PARKER – 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 – Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW
2017 Königsschild Riesling Trocken
From 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 | ROBERT PARKER – 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 | JAMESUCKLING.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 – Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW