2019 German Auctions

The finest 2018s (and a few choice older wines,) will as usual be sold at the annual VDP auctions starting on 20th September. We will be attending the Bernkasteler Ring and Mosel auctions, and are offering our customers the chance to bid for the rarities on show. You can also bid for wines at the Nahe and Rheingau auctions.

2018 is a lovely vintage. The wines are muscular and ripe, with brisk acidity, and will keep extremely well. And there is something unique about it: for the first time ever the grapes achieved high ripeness levels from shrivelling rather than the effects of botrytis, which lends astonishing purity. It is no surprise that the usual suspects have not disappointed. If you wish to know more about them, with detailed tasting notes, visit http://www.moselfinewines.com

A list of the major wines is available in excel format to download here. If you wish we can mail you last year’s results as a reference point. The list includes projected prices. We hope of course that they will be much lower!

I have tasted many of the wines on offer several times and been very impressed. Stars of the show this year will be Joh.Jos. Prüm, Fritz Haag, Willi Schaefer, Schloss Lieser, Zilliken, Egon Müller, Schaefer-Fröhlich and Keller, who is as usual generating particular interest. Florian Lauer’s wines get ever better, with prices slowly rising as the public catches on. Othegraven’s wines are also worth a serious look. As always, there are bargains at the Bernkasteler Ring auction, which are well worth seeking out.

In another first, a limited number of Mosel GGs will be offered at the VDP auction.

If you would like to bid, we need to know your wishes, which should include quantity and maximum bid prices, by close of play on Monday 16th September. Please send all bids and enquires to sebastian.thomas@howardripley.com

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