Philip Lardot - Der Graf 2021
Der Graf was Philip Lardot's first wine, coming from a long, steep slope in the famous Mosel town of Piesport. This is non intervention wine making at it's peak, a new sense of adventure loathed by many wine professionals but loved by us: each year this wine is giving us a completely new perspective on its terroir. Tasting our first sip of the new Der Graf Riesling is a thing we look forward to all year, we anticipate a surprise and the wine always delivers.
From the cooler 2020 vintage, where crispness, elegance, depth and minerality are all in perfect balance. It's all coming together here and this is a perfect example of non-intervention Mosel: exciting, enticing, often unexpected and always coming from that rock solid foundation of structure, minerality and acidity. Der Graf is a fun guy, even with that moustache. 2021 is still of course very young for a fine Mosel Riesling so give the wine some time after opening, pour it into a carafe or cellar it for a few years, if you have the patience, that is.