Displaying remarkable purity and freshness, the wines of Peter Jakob Kühn are truly something special.
Stephan Reinhardt, writing for Wine Advocate, agrees: “I am running out of superlatives for this biodynamic domain that never fails to surprise me whenever I taste the wines. This is one of Germany's icon producers, and the Rieslings are among the finest Rieslings from planet wine.”
The Kühn family has been making wine in the unique conditions of the small Rheingau region for over 230 years. When they took over in the 1970s, Peter Jakob Kühn and his wife Angela dedicated themselves to producing wines of the highest quality that captured the true essence of their 18 hectares of vineyards on the banks of the Rhine.
Their son Peter Bernhard is now the winemaker and continues the family’s tradition of maintaining a focus on nature. The estate gained biodynamic certification in 2004 and all grapes are hand harvested. Indigenous yeasts are used during winemaking with no external fining agents in order to maintain the purity of the estate’s sites that include south-sloping vineyards next to the Rhine near the villages of Oestrich and Hallgarten.
Amid changing regulations for German winemakers, the family has gained more flexibility to age their wines longer before bottling. The single-site wines are aged for three years before release and even the estate and village wines typically spend a year in the cellar. This added time enhances the wines’ complexity and allows them to find a better balance before their release.
The Oestrich Doosberg hilltop site is one of the Kühn’s top vineyards and is classified as a Grosse Lage by the VDP. The frequent winds here help keep the grapes dry, protecting them from fungal disease and providing optimal conditions for long ripening times.
The below chart shows Peter Jakob Kühn’s 2018 Doosberg Grosses Gewachs (GG) wine has the highest score (by Wine Advocate) since at least 2013 with prices already trending higher compared to the preceding years. The fits a wider trend of high-quality recent vintages driving a growing interest in German fine wine.
Another Grosse Lage VDP site is the Mittelheim Sankt Nikolaus vineyard, which is named after a statue of the saint on its edge. This site has vines over 60 years old and produces some wonderfully complex wines. The chart below reveals some relative value opportunities from a price per point perspective among the most recently scored vintages.
This highlights the potential for price growth among their recent wines. But we think there is more potential for growth for all of Peter Jakob Kühn’s wines, including the yet-to-be released 2019 and 2020 vintages, as the world fully appreciates the potential in German Riesling.
Our Estate has been in the family for roughly 230 years. Especially in the last three decades our appreciation of this long-standing tradition has determined the way we work more and more. With respect for the knowledge and the experience of our forefathers, we have been working as a fully certified member of the Demeter association since 2004, according to biodynamic principles. Consequently we have gotten ever closer to our idea of a soulful wine in the greatest possible harmony with nature.
The estate in its present form was built by Peter Jakob and Angela. When they took over the family business in the 70ies, the first had to create new location. From this base, they constantly worked to develop and refine the quality of the wines further.
A great affirmation of our work and our journey was the victory at the German Riesling Competition with our 1991 Riesling of the Oestrich Doosberg. This was one of many small, but important milestones in our development.
It is our absolute conviction that ecological and biodynamic viniculture is our future - with its large and small challenges, as well as infinite moments of joy and the growing certainty to be doing what is absolutely right for us.