Schloss Lieser: The Great Success Story of the Mosel

If you are looking for energy, precision and character, you need look no further than the wines of Thomas Haag. It doesn’t hurt that they age supremely well, that they reflect their terroirs brilliantly, and that they are quite delicious.

Thomas Haag’s career is one of the great success stories of the Mosel. 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 a myriad number of plots from Piesport to Brauneberg. 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 them 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.

Here is a small selection:



2015 Juffer GG [18 16]

Now opening up beautifully, this dry expression of the Juffer has the power of the vintage combined with the delicate floral notes and finely structured minerality of this famous vineyard



2014 Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett [06 15]

Taut, lean and slaty, with juicy citrus and floral flavours, this is a perfect Kabinett beginning to soften take on secondary flavours.



2016 Piesporter Goldtröpchen Kabinett [09 17]

2016 is a magical vintage that has drunk well from the get-go. The deep soils of the Goldtröpchen give ripe yellow fruit, smooth round slaty mineral flavours and a smoky note on the finish.



2018 Lieser Niederberg Helden Spätlese [14 19]

It is surprising how quickly the 2018s have lost the awkward edginess they had on release. They are in a perfect place to enjoy in the first flush of youth – rounded, rich and smooth. The Helden is a typically powerful wine, but remains precise, balanced and full of energy.



2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [16 18]

A very small parcel in mid-slope shows the Sonnenuhr at its best: elegant, fine and slaty, with seductive floral fruit. 2017 is a great year, but this is more one to have than to drink now, but in five years plus it will be delightful.



2018 Niederberg Helden Auslese Goldkapsel [22 19] (Halves)

An intensely perfumed wine with a delicate creamy mineral centre, juicy citrus and yellow fruit and a long rich finish. It will of course make old bones but can be approached now.


wines info Schloss Lieser (5 wines)
 


The wines

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White

Case size
Schloss Lieser

2015 Juffer GG [18 16] (SCLI06215A)
A typical mixture of delicacy and power here. There is lovely fruit concentration, vibrant citrus acidity and a very long fine mineral-driven finish.
6 Bottle - 75cl £144.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £31.48
Buy

 
2014 Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett [06 15] (SCLI12214A)
Gentle, fine and elegant, with lovely pure citrus and mineral flavours. A long, smooth, elegant and very moreish finish.
6 Bottle - 75cl £84.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £19.48
Buy

 
2018 Niederberg Helden Spätlese [14 19] (SCLI20218A)
An elegant, fine and eminently drinkable wine which shows vibrant golden-yellow fruit, pure citrus acidity and a nice mineral kick on the finish.
6 Bottle - 75cl £84.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £19.48
3 Magnum - 150cl £105.00
Buy

 
2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [16 18] (SCLI27217A)
Beautifully elegant and smooth floral fruit, a delicate minerality and a juicy core make this a Sonnenuhr up with the best of them.
6 Bottle - 75cl £147.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £32.08
Buy

 
2018 Niederberg Helden Auslese Goldkapsel [22 19] (SCLI31218B)
An intensely perfumed wine with a delicate creamy mineral centre, juicy citrus and yellow fruit and a long rich finish.
12 Half Bottle - 37.5cl £246.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £25.94
Buy


 
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