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The roots of the estate date baci to the 9th. century

According to archaeological estimates, the base of the building probably dates from the second half of the 9th century. The basalt supporting column in the deep cellar, which was probably "recycled" from a neighbouring Roman estate, is also particularly noteworthy.In the 12th century, the estate was granted in fief to the princes of Esch, transformed and enlarged, and thus took on its present name of Escheburg. The right wing of the estate, the Franzhaus, was not built until the 16th century and the mansion, which today forms the left wing of the estate, was added at the beginning of the 20th century in a richly decorated Franco-Moselle style.

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Batterieberg

Steep slope vineyards around Enkirch on the river Mosel

Today, the winery cultivates about 13 hectares of vineyards in the steep slopes around Enkirch. The Immich family, which is one of the oldest winegrowing families on the Moselle with a winegrowing history from 1425 to 1989, had a decisive influence on the history and development of the winery. It is to this family that we owe our most famous vineyard, the Batterieberg, which was formed into one of the Moselle's top vineyards between 1841 and 1845 with countless blasting batteries (hence the somewhat unusual vineyard name) and today, together with the historically older top vineyards Steffensberg, Ellergrub and Zeppwingert - all steep slate vineyards that were classified in the highest class according to the "Prussian vineyard classification of 1868" (based on Napoleon's "Classification des Vines").

The team of the wine estate

Since 2009, Gernot Kollmann has been responsible for the management and vinification of the Immich-Batterieberg winery. He stands for a powerful, sometimes somewhat wild, unstyled Riesling style (pure-breeding yeasts are dispensed with in all wines), rather dry and generally not made for quick consumption. He is supported by Karl Höhlein and Stephan Hübner and Philipp Clementi. Today, this team cultivates the extreme steep slopes of the winery with passion and expertise.

Wine style for puristic top Riesling wines

With the new start of the Immich-Batterieberg winery from the 2009 vintage onwards, the aim was to build on the very high and style-forming quality level of the traditional estate. A very special challenge between the recognition of the great wines that were created here, the own viticultural and cellar management ideas and the respect for the natural conditions that define our Enkirch top sites. For the team, this means an even clearer focus on the dry Rieslings that have always been intensively cultivated here. Thus, the traditional estate stands for a very pure, straightforward and rather powerful Riesling style with ripe, moderate acidity and a pronounced structure for long-lasting ageing potential - and also a certain need for maturity, especially in the top wines.

Weinlage - Vignoble - Vineyard - Gernot Kollmann

The vineyards of Immich-Batterieberg

Batterieberg

is a vineyard in the town of Enkirch, which is located in the Mosel wine region of Germany. The vineyard is known for producing high-quality Riesling wines that are typically characterized by their minerality, acidity, and fruitiness. The name "Batterieberg" is derived from the fact that the vineyard was once used as a military battery during the Napoleonic Wars. Today, Batterieberg is considered one of the top vineyards in the Mosel region and its wines are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world.

Steffensberg

is another vineyard located in the town of Enkirch in the Mosel wine region of Germany. This vineyard is also known for producing high-quality Riesling wines that are characterized by their floral and fruity aromas, as well as their minerality and acidity. Steffensberg is situated on steep slopes that face south, which allows for optimal sun exposure and ripening of the grapes. The soil in this vineyard is a mix of slate, loam, and gravel, which contributes to the unique flavor profile of the wines produced there. Overall, Steffensberg is considered a top-quality vineyard in the Mosel region and its wines are highly regarded by wine critics and enthusiasts.

Zeppwingert

is another vineyard in the town of Enkirch in the Mosel wine region of Germany. This vineyard is also known for producing high-quality Riesling wines that are characterised by their crisp acidity, fruitiness and floral aromas. The soil in Zeppwingert is predominantly slate, which contributes to the mineral flavour profile of the wines produced there. The vineyard is situated on steep, south-facing slopes that allow for optimal sun exposure and ripening of the grapes.

The Ayler Kupp

Ayler Kupp

Weinsortiment - wine selection - assortiment de vins

Wine assortment

Riesling

  • off-dry
  • dry
  • Kabinett
  • Selection (Auslese)
  • Late harvest (Spätlese)
  • Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächs)

Sparkling Wine

The typical character of the wines

The Peter Lauer winery is unique in that its wines are bottled in barrels and each barrel is identified by a number on the label. This practice dates back to the founder of the estate, Peter Lauer I, who, unspectacularly at first, also numbered his barrels in the cellar, like most winemakers. However, he had the revolutionary idea of fermenting the musts from the different parcels in the same wooden barrel each year. Since natural yeasts can overwinter in the open pores of the wood, a specific yeast culture was developed after years of repetition in each wooden barrel.

This culture is specifically adapted to each wine, for example, it is particularly tolerant of alcohol and is therefore ideal for the production of dry wines.  This has the invaluable advantage for our customers that each Lauer cask is absolutely comparable from a stylistic point of view, vintage after vintage. Here is a brief example: barrel 25 is always the local dry wine with smoky mineral notes and a delicate melting, barrel 4 is always the delicious pleasure wine with a fine bitterness, accessible earlier, etc.

The wine collection from Peter Lauer

The wine collection of the Peter Lauer estate is simply divided into three levels: the entry level with the light Saar Rieslings for everyday enjoyment, the local wine segment with the typical elegant Lauer wines from the old slate vineyards of Ayl and finally the particularly expressive Rieslings from the "grands crus" Kupp, Schonfels and Saarfeilser (all VDP. GROSSE LAGEN) from the best plots of old vines (sometimes 100 years old), harvested with late harvest and carefully selected.

Fasskeller - Cave à barriques - Barrel cellar

Vinification and philosophy

The style of the wines

Peter Lauer's wine style can be described as expressive, mineral and sometimes extreme. The full-bodied and aromatic estate Rieslings form the basis of the Lauer portfolio, followed by mineral and expressive local wines and, at the top, by demanding terroir wines from Grand Cru vineyards with great maturity potential, some of which are over 100 years old.

Florian Lauer's dry and semi-dry wines are references in the region. His pre-dry and especially his auction wines are often jewels on the verge of perfection, with sometimes razor-sharp acidity and explosive aromas that are a real firework for the palate.

The grapes are selected without compromise in order to achieve the different levels of quality: Healthy, barely ripe grapes with crisp acidity for Kabinett, healthy, overripe, golden berries for Spätlese (late harvest), overripe berries with botrytis for Auslese (selections), 100% noble rot grapes for the Beerenauslese (berry selections) as well as 100% noble rot grapes with a high degree of rosiness for the Trockenbeerenauslese (dry berry selections). This strengthens the profile of the different prediction levels and makes them clearly understandable.

Awards from  the press and wine guides

Wine guide Gault & Milllau

4 grapes - German top wine estate

Wine guide Vinum 2022

4 stars - top wine estate known for continuous top performance