Philip Lardot - Der Graf 2019
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.
After the difficult fermentation of the 2018 vintage, this was quite the smooth ride. Still this wine, harvested in September 2019 wasn't bottled until May 2021, to give it the elevage (or time in barrel) it needs to soften out, gain in complexity and all in all just become a better Riesling. 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.