Bill Hooper wrote:Ok, but they aren't usually mentioned in the same breath as the other top producers of the Mosel -at least not on wine boards (Pruem, Schaefer, Christoffel, Adam, Mueller, S-O, Haag, Haardt, Zilliken, MG, Van Volxem etc.) They certainly belong in that group and are often far less expensive.
I don't have enough experience to know, but while SUH may be a top producer of Ockfener Bockstein, they certainly don't seem to be the same level as Mueller for general Top of the Saar honors. That might not be a fair comparison because who is at the same level as Mueller. But you did say 'top'.
For PG I don't think there's any question that Theo Haart's wines are finer than those of SUH, at least in my experience. Whether that is land or winemaking or both I don't know. But in the US, SUH's PG is considerably cheaper than Haart's, and the price seems logical in my opinion.
That said, in my own mental categorization, SUH is a fine producer for delicious and sometimes excellent, good value wines. But as odious as rankings are, I wouldn't put them in my 'top' tier.