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Schloss Lieser Lieser (Mosel)
Size: 23 hectares
Production: 110,000 bottles
Grapes varieties: Riesling, Pinot Noir
If you’re looking for energy, precision and character, look no further than the wines of Thomas Haag. It doesn’t hurt that they age supremely well, reflect their terroirs brilliantly, and are quite delicious. Thomas Haag’s career is one of the great success stories of the Mosel. His pedigree is impeccable, starting with learning at the feet of his father Wilhelm Haag, who made Weingut Fritz Haag great. Since taking over Schloss Lieser in 1992 and buying it outright in 1997, he has grown the estate from 6.5 to 25 hectares, owning an impressive range of plots from Brauneberg (Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr) to Piesport (Goldtröpchen and Falkenberg), including Lieser (Helden), Wehlen (Sonnenuhr) and Graach (Himmelreich and Domprobst) as well as harvesting a tiny parcel in Bernkastel (Doctor). With an estate this size it would be no surprise if the quality began to suffer, but through brilliant organisation and hard work Thomas and his gifted vineyard manager Philipp Veser have made better wines together every year, teasing out the best of each vineyard they acquire. To taste these wines is to see the complexity and character of each separate site in a new light. They are a joy, and they are, incidentally, amongst the most reasonably priced of the Mosel’s great estates.