Gault Millau 2012

"In 1956 Dieter Ebert, whose family had lost their land and livelihood in Brandenburg in the war, bought the manor house, which was built around the turn of the century, together with the Serriger Schloss Saarstein monopoly site. His son Christian took over the running of the estate in the mid-1980s. The musts are fermented in oak casks or – increasingly – in stainless steel vats. The dry wines with their well integrated acidity make up more than 30 percent of the entire production and they are getting better all the time. The top-quality dry Riesling called “Alte Reben” – the Spätlese label is deliberately dispensed with – is made from ungrafted vines that were planted in 1943. The racy, mineral-flavored 2010 Riesling with a nose of grapefruit and lime is rated one of the top wines in its category. During vintages such as 2003, 2005 and 2009, the estate produced a range of elegantly sweet top-class wines that combine abundance with elegance. The year of 2005 was tailor-made for the Serriger vineyards, which is reflected in the taste of that year’s collection: mineral-flavored, racy Rieslings which, due to the maturity of that year, were given enough smoothness to become great Saar wines. In the sweet and fruity range of the 2010 collection, the wine that stands out is the distinctly racy Spätlese that combines the lightness of the Saar with playfulness and finesse."

3 grapes / evaluations: 84-91/100 points