Schloss Lieser

"Thomas Haag has done wonders since taking over this estate several years ago and thisis now one of the most cherished producers to be found in the middle Mosel and the wines arealways hard to find in the states." -John Gilman

Thomas Haag, the winemaker at Schloss Lieser since 1992 and its owner since 1997, is also the brother of Oliver Haag and son of legendary Wilhelm Haag at the Fritz Haag estate, one of the most illustrious names in German winemaking. Thomas is now clearly operating at the height of his powers, winning near-universal acclaim for his idiosyncratic yet decisive Mosel wines. Cleaving to a natural approach in the vineyard and the winery, he insists on painstaking hand-harvests, spontaneous fermentations, and long, slow, reductive elevages. His newfound collector’s mania for acquiring parcels of the best sites of the region is transforming Schloss Lieser from a small “up-and-coming” property into one of the most formidable wine estates in Germany.

His name has been associated inextricably with two sites for the past twenty years:  the preposterously steep Niederberg Helden, a vine-covered cliff of blue slate in Lieser of which he owns 4.5ha, and the legendary Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, of which he received a 1.7ha filet parcel years ago from his father Wilhelm. With their dark mineral style and resplendent character, Schloss Lieser's wines from the Helden deserve recognition whenever top Mosel estates are discussed. But now, thanks to incredible press and a sharp increase in demand for recent vintages of his wines, most notably the triumphant 2014ers, Thomas has the capacity to realize his hitherto “hidden” ambitions:  to make wine from all of the top five grand crus in the Middle Mosel. In 2015 and 2016 he bought vines in:  Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, and most astonishingly the Bernkasteler Doctor, perhaps the Mosel’s most mythical hillside. His plan to create five GG wines from these five top vineyards will create a historically unprecedented opportunity. Riesling lovers will be able to compare for the first time the differing terroirs of each site expressed through wines made otherwise identically by one master vintner. 

Please note: due to high demand and small supply, our allocations of Thomas' Spatlesen, Auslesen, and GG's sell out quickly every vintage. www.weingut-schloss-lieser.de

 

From a recent article on Mosel Fine Wines:

"Few vintages have been as hyped as 2015 and there is some truth in it. 2015 yielded some stunning wines, and this in all stylistic directions. But not everything that shines is gold. At its heart, 2015 is a ripe vintage, pepped up by glorious zest, with many wines on the powerful side. Only the very best wines will turn into classics in a decade or two. Known for its fruity and sweet wines, Weingut Schloss Lieser outdid itself and produced a stunning set of dry Riesling in 2015, including its finest Niederberg Helden GG to date."  Read more

 

From John Gilman, A View From the Cellar, Issue #62:

"...beauty was the defining theme of the entire range of 2015ers from Thomas Haag and his magnificent Schloss Lieser estate, as this is one of the finest lineup of wines that I tasted during my March trip to Germany. None of the wines were bottled at the time of my visit, but final blending decisions had been made and the wines were all assembled and ready for bottling in the coming days.... While I was smitten with the entire range of 2015ers from Schloss Lieser, special mention should go out to the three utterly classic, filigreed Kabinetten that I tasted here this year, which show all of the delicacy and ethereal beauty that only the most traditionally-styled Kabinetten can deliver. The 2015 vintage provided stunning raw materials for classic Kabinett bottlings and Thomas Haag and Philip Veser have produced three of the most beautiful examples of the vintage at this Prädikat level this year. At the higher Prädikat levels, none of the regular Auslesen this year include any botrytis at all, as the nobly rotten bunches were reserved for Goldkapsel bottlings and up, while the Auslesen were made from golden berries and naturally shriveled bunches from passerillage."