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Blue Velvet: Exhilaratingly Pure and Ultra-precise Rieslings from Germany’s Côte d’Or

With J.J. Prüm (Mosel) and Müller-Catoir (Pfalz) in our portfolio alongside Robert Weil, we are proud to be able to offer three of Germany’s greatest producers from the three top Riesling regions. The Rheingau was historically Germany’s most revered vineyard region and once produced the world’s most expensive wines. You only need to glance at a wine map of Germany to see why. This is Riesling’s Côte d’Or; a series of sheer, south-facing, rocky slopes that maximise exposure to the sun and protect the vines from the bitter northern winds. It is this confluence of natural elements that enables Riesling to perfectly ripen in this very marginal, northern climate. With some of the highest and most admired vineyards in the region, Robert Weil is today, the superstar of the Rheingau.

Based in the town of Kiedrich, Weil’s wines are fuelled by three epic, high-altitude, south-facing vineyards in Klosterberg, Turmberg and most famously, Gräfenberg, all situated in the foothills of the Taunus Mountains. From these historic sites, Wilhelm Weil, a pioneer of ‘earth to glass’ wine growing, guides Rheingau Riesling to its most seamless, precise expression and, in doing so, produces some of the world’s most inspirational examples of the grape. 

The quality and class are evident from the very first wine (the Rheingau Trocken) and the wines become finer, more intense and more overtly mineral as you head up the range.

While Wilhelm Weil’s meticulous, everything by hand, berry by berry, approach, is a key factor in understanding the remarkable precision of these wines, it is, as always, the vineyards that dictate the ultimate quality and personality of the wines produced. These steep, stony, mineral-rich vineyards are managed in order to maximise their terroir expression. Herbicides are never used, and as the aim here is to encourage life in the soil, only organic manure is applied, and cover crops are grown to add to the organic matter. Grapes are harvested by hand with as many as 17 passes through the vineyard, ensuring only the most pristine and perfectly ripe grapes make it into each wine. In the winery, all fruit receives a pre-ferment maceration, typically between 6-24 hours (or a lengthy 72 hours for the Erstes Gewächs). There is a very gentle pressing of whole berries, the musts are allowed to start fermenting naturally and spend varying times on lees subject to the cuvée. The resulting wines are exhilaratingly pure and ultra-precise Rieslings, each intense in both fruit and mineral punch.

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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021

Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021

This cuvée is a blend of fruit from Weil’s high-altitude sites dotted around the village. These vineyards include the brilliantly named Sandgrub vineyard and there’s also a good dollop from Wasseros, a steep, southwest-facing vineyard that abuts the Gräfenberg vines. The soils of these sites are typically composed of stony, fragmented phyllite interlaced with loess and loam. At this level, the wine is vinified in stainless steel with less than 5% fermented in large oak. Look out for flavours of citrus oil and white flowers alongside saline and steely mineral notes. The palate bursts with leesy succulence and mouth-watering freshness, while the close is sleek and long, finishing with remarkable clarity and racy finesse. This is already a world-class Riesling, and it’s only the beginning of the range!

Look out for flavours of citrus oil and white flowers alongside saline and steely mineral notes. The palate bursts with leesy succulence and mouth-watering freshness, while the close is sleek and long, finishing with remarkable clarity and racy finesse. This is already a world-class Riesling, and it’s only the beginning of the range!

“Enticing spring blossom, white peach and Amalfi lemon aromas with a touch of herbal freshness. Elegant and racy with a tight core of wet stone minerality and fine tannins. Very crisp and bright finish. For a basic dry riesling this should age extremely well.”
91 points, Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com
“Round and lush on the palate, this is a quite rich and juicy estate Riesling with vibrant mineral acidity and a well-structured, persistent finish. Excellent.”
89 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2021

Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2021

We tasted Weil’s dry Kabinett in Germany last year and immediately requested an allocation (not that we received anywhere near as much as we would have liked). Compared to the Rheingau Trocken, this release is drawn exclusively from a selection of the coolest and highest slopes of Kiedrich, principally the steep, southwest-facing Wasseros vineyard that abuts the Gräfenberg vines. Another difference is that the fruit is harvested a little earlier, gifting a wine at least a degree lower in alcohol but no sweeter. The style is a lighter, more filigreed expression with a caressing lightness of touch that dances on the palate. It was raised exclusively in stainless steel. The style is a lighter, more filigreed expression with a caressing lightness of touch that dances on the palate. It was raised exclusively in stainless steel.

The style is a lighter, more filigreed expression with a caressing lightness of touch that dances on the palate. It was raised exclusively in stainless steel.

“Wonderfully floral and animating, but also peachy and succulent. This could almost be from the world-famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr site on the Mosel thanks to the scintillating interplay of fruit and acidity, with zero perceptible alcohol. Long, wet stone finish with tons of energy.”
93 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2021
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021 (375ml)

Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021 (375ml)

This cuvée is a blend of fruit from Weil’s high-altitude sites dotted around the village. These vineyards include the brilliantly named Sandgrub vineyard and there’s also a good dollop from Wasseros, a steep, southwest-facing vineyard that abuts the Gräfenberg vines. The soils of these sites are typically composed of stony, fragmented phyllite interlaced with loess and loam. At this level, the wine is vinified in stainless steel with less than 5% fermented in large oak. Look out for flavours of citrus oil and white flowers alongside saline and steely mineral notes. The palate bursts with leesy succulence and mouth-watering freshness, while the close is sleek and long, finishing with remarkable clarity and racy finesse. This is already a world-class Riesling, and it’s only the beginning of the range!

Look out for flavours of citrus oil and white flowers alongside saline and steely mineral notes. The palate bursts with leesy succulence and mouth-watering freshness, while the close is sleek and long, finishing with remarkable clarity and racy finesse. This is already a world-class Riesling, and it’s only the beginning of the range!

“Enticing spring blossom, white peach and Amalfi lemon aromas with a touch of herbal freshness. Elegant and racy with a tight core of wet stone minerality and fine tannins. Very crisp and bright finish. For a basic dry riesling this should age extremely well.”
91 points, Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com
“Round and lush on the palate, this is a quite rich and juicy estate Riesling with vibrant mineral acidity and a well-structured, persistent finish. Excellent.”
89 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2021 (375ml)
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022

Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022

This cuvée is a blend of fruit from Weil’s high-altitude sites dotted around the village of Kiedrich. These vineyards include the brilliantly named Sandgrub vineyard and there’s also a good dollop from Wasseros, a steep, southwest-facing vineyard that abuts the Gräfenberg vines. The soils of these sites are typically composed of stony, fragmented phyllite interlaced with loess and loam. At this level, the wine is vinified in stainless steel with roughly 5% fermented in large oak.

“Full white-peach fruit on the nose and the generous palate, this is a prototypical example of the increased ambition many leading producers are applying to the wines of this humble category. Beautiful balance at the long, very elegant finish.”
92 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2022 Riesling Trocken opens with a clear and ripe nose that is not as brilliant as in the years before. The fruit is ripe; it definitely sawn the sun and was picked ripe. This leads to a quite rich and mouth-filling palate (23 grams per liter of sugar-free extract) with good body and very fresh and racy acidity. The wine is elegant, mineral and forceful, with remarkable freshness from a supposedly coolish year.”
88+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
“The 2022 Riesling Rheingau is the estate wine, harvested mainly in Kiedrich with small additions from Hallgarten. It was fermented in 95%stainless steel and 5% in large barrel. The nose is restrained but shows a ripe glimpse of stone fruit. The palate is slender but has restrained substance, all framed by vivid citrus. Squeaky clean and balanced, there's a lovely citric tang on the finish. The 2022 is harmonious and dry. (Bone-dry).”
88 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, Vinous
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022
Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2021

Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2021

As in the Klosterberg site, the vines here sit in the 30- to 50-year-old range. The name Turmberg—or ‘tower hill’—derives from the ruins of the last surviving tower of the former castle, Burg Scharfenstein (12th century), positioned dramatically atop the vineyard. The infamous German wine law of 1971 made this site a part of the neighbouring Gräfenberg. Yet, in 2005, Weil succeeded in having this 3.8-hectare monopole reinstated as an individual classified site in the vineyard register (historically, it had been a separate vineyard, reflecting the unique terroir). It’s interesting to note that while Turmberg has the official right to be classified as Grosse Lage, Weil chooses to bottle an Erste Lage from this steep vineyard. “There is only one tip on a pyramid,” he explains, referring to the Gräfenberg.With its base of phyllite rock (metamorphosed slate) and thin topsoil, the Turmberg vineyard offers up fruit of much more mineral voltage than the Klosterberg, and in general, is a racier wine (think great Saint Aubin as opposed to great Chassagne). Again, this stunning, ultra-precise Riesling was raised entirely in doppelstückfass for ten months.Another taut and radiant 2021, it opens with lovely, sweet citrus and floral charm complemented by blackcurrant leaf, wild herb and peppy spice. The palate plays a blinder, with impressive density cosseted by a surging chalky freshness, striking mineral focus and exceptional length. Most would not bat an eyelid if this were labelled Grosses Gewächs.

Another taut and radiant 2021, it opens with lovely, sweet citrus and floral charm complemented by blackcurrant leaf, wild herb and peppy spice. The palate plays a blinder, with impressive density cosseted by a surging chalky freshness, striking mineral focus and exceptional length. Most would not bat an eyelid if this were labelled Grosses Gewächs.

“Extremely racy and extremely nuanced, this is a stunning example of the diamond-bright brilliance of the top 2021 vintage German dry rieslings! Crystalline clarity and purity. Only white fruits, but so many shades of pale. And the freshness at the finish reminds me of a shaded waterfall surrounded by ferns. Excellent aging potential.”
95 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2021 Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken is pure and coolish on the intense and concentrated nose. From phyllite slate soils, this is a full-bodied, intense and salty-piquant, highly stimulating Riesling with lots of energy, phenolic grip and mineral tension. With fine tannin structure, the massive and concentrated body and fruit lead to a long and intense, aromatic finish. Long but still shy and still somewhat coated. Bottled at the end of June. 13% stated alcohol.”
93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2021
Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese 2021

Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese 2021

As is so often the case, Weil’s 2021 Gräfenberg Spätlese exhibits textbook balletic poise between the wine’s natural sweetness and laser-like acidity. The grapes for Weil’s Auslesen were harvested without any botrytis influence and you can read in the reviews it looks like a case of no harm done! These are the kind of iridescent wines that have helped shape Rheingau’s legend for the past two centuries. Alcohol: 9.0% | Acidity: 9.1 g/l | Residual sugar: 88.5 g/l

Think about everything you love about this grower’s Spätlese, and then add some more. A wine of sublime purity and chiselled tension, the ‘21 offers up a kaleidoscopic array of flavour—try all kinds of citrus, quince, sweet yellow florals, woody herbs and slatey notes—all perfectly balanced by thrilling, daisy-fresh acidity and mineral precision. Weil’s picking army—which numbers up to seventy strong—has worked its magic again, gifting a beguiling, pure and tangy wonder that seems to dissolve in the mouth. The 9% alcohol comes in very handy: it’s impossible to stop drinking.

“Very ripe yellow peach, mango and mandarin orange aromas with notes of floral honey and fresh basil. Ripe, substantial and well-structured, the fresh acidity give this precise contours. Seriously creamy on the mid-palate, but the finish is super clean. Made for the long-term.”
95 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2021 Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese offers an intense, almost raisiny but also fresh and flinty bouquet with concentrated and candied fruit aromas. Rich and lush on the palate, with stimulating salinity and piquancy, this is a highly stimulating Riesling with lush, sweet and concentrated fruit. Very long and very complex, this is a fabulous Spätlese from the Gräfenberg grand cru. 9% stated alcohol.”
95 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese 2021
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“Weil is widely seen as the jewel of Rheingau.” Jancis Robinson MW, Financial Times

“Robert Weil has been one of the icons of German wine culture for many years. Nothing but the finest Rieslings are produced. And as more than 100 years ago, the wines are distinguished in terms of their origins and their style.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Finest Wines of Germany

“Another of Germany's most celebrated domaines, Weil's wines are noted for their richness and purity, delivering lots of citrus and fruit concentration, without ever seeming heavy or ponderous.” Rajat Parr & Jordan Mackay, The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste

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