The 2011er Auction Spätlese by Fritz Haag proves on of our picks of the 2012 Trier Wine auctions held a few days ago.
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Once again the two Auctions held by the Bernkasteler Ring and the Grosser Ring / VDP at the end of September were absolutely amazing events with some stunning wines on sale, as we reported in our Special Issue - Auction Guide released before the Auctions, at beginning of September.
Prices were high also in this vintage (but so was quality) but smart readers of our Auction Guide could make some smashing deals.
The Fritz Haag Estate produced a stunning wine which we had the chance to taste three times over the last few months with consistent notes: the Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese. It was sold at a hammer price of EUR 55 (US$ 70), which may not sound cheap for a Spätlese (especially because this price does not yet include commissions, duties, transport and sales tax) but becomes quite an attractive proposition to lay one's hands on a near perfect "feine Auslese", which this wine is in practice.
Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese (Auction)
Well, what it there to say: from the moment one gets one nose in the glass, it is clear that Oliver Haag has crafted something very special here. Not because it is dramatic, ostentatious, out of whack or crazy. No, just because this wine epitomizes all the greatness of top Haag wines. The nose is just incredibly pure, with the juiciest of white peach and pear cream paired with the telltale touch of freshly whipped cream. Some delicate notes of pear and citrusy fruits add a sensation of depth without ever compromising the utter feeling of precision and balance. One needs to forget about the word Spätlese on the label as this wine is smooth, intense and rich on the palate yet it remains perfectly balanced, offering the typical clean flavors of a great feine Auslese. The finish is just to die for, being incredibly long, juicy, floral and herby. This is a very special wine! 2021-205
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