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With a history that spans more than 650 years (1349-1999), Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is one of the most traditional estates in the Mosel region. The von Kesselstatt dynasty immigrated to the electorate of Trier in the 14th century. The first documented mention of a vineyard purchase dates from 1349. 

By 1362, Kuno von Falkenstein, elector of Trier, had employed Johann von Kesselstatt as electoral court marshal, responsible for the cellars and overall housekeeping. In 1394, his son, Friedrich I. von Kesselstatt, was appointed “court sommelier” by Elector Werner von Falkenstein. Emperor Josef II. elevated the imperial barons of Keselstatt to the status of Reichsgrafen – imperial counts – in 1776.

As chief administrator of Elector Clemens Wenzeslaus of Sachsen-Wettin from 1761 to 1794, Johann Hugo Casimir Graf von Kesselstatt was the highest official in Trier. In 1787, the elector issued an edict, whereby henceforth, inferior “Rhine varietals” were to be replaced by “better grapes.”

Foto: Das Palais Kesselstatt in Trier heute.

Palais Kesselstatt Trier today

A letter in the family’s archives sheds light on what was meant by “better grapes.” In his letter dated 3 January 1789, Kesselstatt’s estate manager, Reihs von Kröv, instructs local tenant wine-growers to use “pure green Riesling” in future plantings.

Four former monasteries of St. Maximin and their vineyard holdings were purchased between 1854 and 1889. These remain the basis of the estate to this day.

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With 12 ha (30 acres) each in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer, the estate has a most extraordinary spectrum of top vineyards in all three valleys in the region.

Thanks to the commitment of all employees, the estate manager and winemaker Wolfgang Mertes and the vineyard manager Michael Weber, Riesling wines are produced that are on a par with the finest wines of the world. It is a particular challenge to do justice to the “personality” of each vineyard. Wine enthusiasts should be able to recognize, or be able to smell and taste, the differences of the terroirs.
This is why the labor-intensive work (by hand) in the steep sites is important, as is preserving, supporting and caring for the natural environment of the vine. Every year is a new challenge, since no two vintages are alike.

Quality can also be improved through vineyard measures: cluster division and green harvest to reduce yield; foliage removal in the cluster zone to minimize Botrytis attacks; and stringent selection during the harvest.An equally important element of caring for top vineyards is tending mature vines with meticulous care in order to retain and/or recover the diversity that older vines and valuable clones contribute to a vineyard. At the winemaking stage, great importance is attached to as natural a fermentation as possible (spontaneous fermentation), primarily in stainless steel tanks, in order to underscore the individuality of each site. Traditional oak casks are partially used for the production of Grosse Gewächse. Lengthy aging on the fine lees enhances complexity and expression of fruit diversity.We categorically reject so-called new oenological procedures.

Our Quality Pyramid

VDP.GROSSE LAGE  designates the very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. With their site-specific characteristics, these wines are particularly expressive and have exceptional aging potential. A dry wine from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE is designated VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS and labeled “Qualitätswein trocken.” A wine with natural, ripe sweetness from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese.

VDP.ORTSWEINE originate from a village’s best vineyards. A dry VDP.ORTSWEIN is labeled “Qualitätswein trocken.” A VDP.ORTSWEIN with natural, ripe sweetness is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats. These first-class wines in the middle segment not only originate from excellent sites, but are also subject to limited yields.

VDP.GUTSWEINE are good, entry-level wines in the VDP’s hierarchy that inherently links wine quality with origin. The wines originate from an estate’s holdings within a region, and they meet the stringent standards prescribed by the VDP.

High-caliber cuvées that are partially produced from purchased grapes grown in the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer Valleys. These “Qualitätsweine” range in style from dry to wines with fruity sweetness. They are elegant, minerally, and typical of the region’s classic wines.

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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  4 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  52 wines 

2012 Balthasar Ress Nussbrunnen Riesling GG: Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and quite easy nose, light on it's feet. Elegant. Fresh acidity, nuanced and again light on it's feet but more intense than it sugests. Lovely balance, nuanced and really elegant, lovely, some would say light, long. 93+

2y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  76 wines 

VDP Grosses Gewächs 2016 - vintage tasting was hold on August 21 and 22 at Wiesbaden.

3y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On November 8, 2016 an exiting blind tasting was hold to select some of the finest classified wines produced by vintners of the VDP in Germany. It was a wonderful experience showing a huge number of top rated wines. In the categories of Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinog Gris (Grauburgunder) and Silvaner, one wine was heading each category. For Riesling, the VDP and myself agreed to decide the best wine of each categaorie of wine areas by drawing lots of all wines with at least 93 points or more. The result of this selection will be available for tasting in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge of Muinch during 2017.

3y 11m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  3 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  25 wines 

German Riesling vintage 2014 Part I / Marienburg "Rothenpfad" 2014 Riesling Clemens Busch / Very expressive nose with cherry blossom, orange blossom, strawberry and ripe orange. Full and quite dense on the palate with less charm than nose, but a serious built texture and good length. 94

4y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  4 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  135 wines 

As every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August, the VDP showed a huge array of over 500 wines from the german Grand Cru vineyards, designated as Grosses Gewächs, in a preview tasting for professionals and the press. The tasting was hold on August 29 and 30, 2016.

As the sheer quantity of wines available was too much for a short tasting session, I focussed on the grape variety Riesling and on the rather classic areas such as Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Pfalz, Rheingau, Nahe and Mittelrhein. From these wine regions I have tasted all Rieslings available. In addition I also tasted a small selection of Riesling from Rheinhessen. The tasting showed a very high and rather homogenous quality level due to good conditions in 2015 but also applied experience and knowledge of the vintners. A very successful tasting with highly recommendable wines.

4y 4m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  5 wines 

“Silja Serenaden Bon Vivant on yhä voimissaan! Kiitos Pia ja Mikko hyvästä palvelusta ja uusien espanjalaisten tuttavuuksien esittelystä. Atteca Armas oli erittäin nautinnollinen. Bon Vivant tarjoaa erittäin mielenkiintoisen valikoiman espanjalaisia moderneja "uuden aallon" viinejä. Näiden ohella samppanjavalikoimassa löytyy hyvää settiä Cristalia, Domppaa, Armand de Brignacia, Comtes de Champagnea erinomaiseen hintaan ja toki oma suosikki punaviineistä Caberlot – Italian Petrus – löytyi sitäkin ilokseni, vuosikerta 2008 hintaan 175 euroa plo (magnum)! ”

6y 7m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt . In a tasting of  11 wines 

“Expressive nose of white flowers, fresh almond, dried orange peel, peach stone, freshly cut green grass and a dense minerality. A complexity so profound that it is almost impossible to grasp the potential of this wine. So harmonious for such a young wine. This a one of the most sensual and tempting young Rieslings I ever tasted. So complete, hugely structured and elegant at the same time! What an emotional experience!”

8y 2m ago

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