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The 2018 vintage

Another "Summer of the Century" is in the books...

and this one began in April!

Warmest growth cycle on record!

And despite all that, our Kiedrich hillside vineyards never needed extra sun protection!

Weingut Robert Weil Vintage Report 2018.pdf

 

 

 

BWW  2018 - Best Wine in the World Competition!

We are happy to announce, that our wines are included in the new competition here on Facebook! Please make sure to leave a vote for all our wines, including our finest wines from our VDP.Grosse Lage Kiedrich Gräfenberg!

 

 

 

 

The maturity of our Riesling grapes! It looks great! Although mother nature has challenged us in the last months quite hard!

 

 

 

 

For the next generations... our wine library at Weingut Robert Weil is well stocked!

 

 

 

 

Bud break in our vineyards look just perfect

 

 

 

The spring is coming! We have a lot of work in our vineyards!

 

 

 

Last check for the noble sweet wines from vintage 2015 with the winemakers before bottling…

 

 

The three-month pruning marathon has begun!
This work will have a major influence on the quality of the 2016 vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest finished - minus only Eiswein!

Attention! Wines at work! Our full range - minus only Eiswein - are now in the cellar. A truly stunning vintage with perfectly ripe, healthy and, most importantly, tasty grapes! Beautiful acidity! Late-developing botrytis and stunning must weights up to 200 °Oe!

 

International wine luminaries come together at Weingut Robert Weil! (July 17, 2015)

Summer Festival at Weingut Robert Weil together with FINE Das Weinmagazin /Work hard, play hard.
That's the philosophy at Weingut Robert Weil where we believe that celebration requires every bit the same passion and dedication as hard work.Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who helped make our summer festival such a huge success!

 

 

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from France: Château Giscours, Château Phélan Ségur, Château L'Eglise Clinet, Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, KRUG

from Italy: Sassicaia, Tenuta Degli Dei, Tenuta San Leonardo, Tenuta Monteverro, Weingut J. Hofstätter, Omina Romana, Luce della Vite
from Spain: Numanthia, Abadia Retuerta, Pesquera
from Austria: Österreich: Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Schloss Gobelsburg, Weingut Erich & Walter Polz
from overseas: Bodega Chacra, Patagonien, Argentina, Terrazas de los Andes, Mendoza, Argentina, Chateau Montelena Winery, Napa, California, Cloudy Bay, New Zealand
from Germany: Fritz Haag, Dönnhoff, K.F.Groebe, Dr. Loosen, Markgraf von Baden, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Meyer-Näckel, Josten & Klein, Weingut Dautel, Schloss Proschwitz, Juliusspital, Bürgerspital, Rudolf Fürst, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken, Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm

 

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History

Vines have been cultivated at Weingut Robert Weil for four generations. The founder of the estate, Dr. Robert Weil, purchased the first vineyards on the Kiedricher Berg in 1867. At the time, he was still a professor of German at the Sorbonne in Paris, until events prior to the Franco-Prussian War (1870/71) forced him to leave. He bought the manor of the late English baronet Sir John Sutton in Kiedrich – a village in the Rheingau dating from 905 – and settled there.

 

Sutton, quite a wealthy man and a patron of the arts, first came to Kiedrich in 1857, in the course of one of his art tours. He fell in love with its unique ensemble of architectural gems – the Gothic church St. Valentine; numerous aristocratic estates dating from the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods; and the Scharfenstein castle ruins of the Mainz electors – as well as the vineyards and forests of the sur- rounding countryside. Until his death in 1873, he invested considerable sums to maintain the precious church and its choir, famous for its German rendition of Gregorian chants.

 

As of 1875, in addition to his work as a journalist, Dr. Robert Weil expanded his wine estate by acquiring the finest parcels of the Kiedricher Berg. Thanks to his uncompromising, quality- orientated viticultural philosophy, the estate developed quickly and its wines were soon distributed internationally. As such, Riesling Auslesen from the House of Dr. Robert Weil were served as the white wine counterparts of great Bordeaux wines at many European imperial or royal courts. A Gräfenberg Riesling from the 1893 vintage helped spread the estate’s renown throughout the world. The royal court of Austria purchased 800 bottles of the 1893 Auslese from the “Kiedricher Berg” for sixteen gold marks per bottle – an astonishing price even in those days when Rheingau Rieslings were already the most expensive growths in the world of wine.

 

Not only the nobility drank Weil Rieslings at the turn of the century, but also the burgeoning middle classes. Auslesen from the Kiedricher Berg were on the wine list of the Hotel Adlon in Berlin as well as those of other distinguished hotels throughout Europe. In 1928, during its maiden voyage to New York, the wine list of the airship “LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin” featured a “1920 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese Best Cask No. 20” from the House of Weil.

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Vineyards

The quality and unmistakable identity of a wine originate in the vineyard. The renown of a site, which is determined by historical as well as microclimatic and geological circumstances, plays a role, but strict quality-oriented vineyard management is the decisive factor. Weingut Robert Weil’s vineyards on the heights at the foothills of the Taunus Hills number among the Rheingau’s finest sites. The vines range in age up to more than 50 years and plant density is from 5,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare (ca. 2.5 acres).

 

The vineyards are cultivated according to controlled, environmentally sound viticultural practices. Organic fertilizer is used as needed; green cover is planted in alternating rows to optimize the humus content of the soil; herbicides are not used; plant protection measures are used sparingly and with respect for the habitat of useful organisms. Ecological vineyard management is also designed with future generations in mind. Stringent pruning to control yields, thinning after blossoming, halving of grapes, careful canopy management and negative selection are all part of the estate’s quality-oriented philosophy.

 

Maintaining low yields and achieving a fully-ripened crop are self-imposed goals. As such, the harvest seldom begins before October and continues for at least eight to ten weeks. During this time, the grapes are harvested by hand, with an extremely critical selection that involves up to seventeen rounds through the vineyards, and gently transported to the estate. The goal is to reap the finest fruit possible to make Riesling wines of every Prädikat level including Trockenbeerenauslese.

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Winemaking

Weingut Robert Weil has the same high standards for operations in the vineyard and in the cellar. The most modern technical know-how is combined with proven methods of traditional winemaking to preserve and fully realize in the cellar the potential of what nature provides. To receive and press the crop as gently as possible, clusters are transported via a so-called vibrating trailer. This method of transfer uses a special vibration technique. The vibrations have a fluidizing effect that enables clusters to be conveyed evenly and avoids subjecting the clusters to external pressure or any mechanical stress that could release tannins and bitter substances from berry skins, pips or stems.

 

Clusters are placed in the press via feeding hoppers. Whole cluster pressing and/or crushing with or without maceration are options at this stage. After gentle pressing at a maximum of two bar, the must is transferred to reception tanks via gravity (vertical concept). Here, natural sedimentation is used to fine the must, after which oenologists decide whether the clear juice is best processed in stainless steel tanks or traditional casks. Depending on the work in the cellar size of an individual lot, more than 300 tanks and casks of varying sizes – with a combined storage capa city of more as a million liters – are available.

 

Fermentation is temperature controlled, strictly monitored, and lasts from six to twelve weeks. Natural yeasts are increasingly prevalent in the cellar. Depending on the health of the crop and as long as high risks during fermentation can be controlled by careful monitoring, spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts is used to produce wines of greater authenticity and sharper profiles that more clearly reflect their origin. If natural sweetness is to be retained, fermentation is interrupted through temperature reduction. This results in a very fine residual sweetness derived from fructose.

 

Considerable time on the fine-yeast and yeast stirring (bâtonnage) are desirable if vinification takes place in traditional casks (“Stück” cask of 1,200 liters,“Doppelstück” of 2,400 liters, and 4,800-liter casks). The use of stainless steel tanks or traditional casks is not a question of quality, but rather of wine style. The fullbodied dry wines are all fermented and aged in casks because the microoxidation provided wines with greater structural complexity. For the lighter wines with more pronounced fruit and the lusciously sweet wines stainless steel are used, which lends them greater finesse and enables them to develop optimal elegance.

Following sufficient time for slow fermentation and aging, the wines are filtered, then quickly and gently bottled to preserve the primary fruit aromas to the greatest extent possible, after which the wines undergo additional aging in bottle.

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Inside information

Although the Rheingau is one of Germany’s smaller winegrowing regions, its ca. 3,100 ha(7,660 acres) of vineyards are vastly diverse in their geological makeup. They can be divided into three zones: vineyards in proximity to the Rhine, vineyards on the higher reaches of the middle plateau, and vineyards on the heights at the foothills of the Taunus Hills. Among these high-lying sites (up to 240m/ 780 ft in altitude) surrounding Kiedrich lie the three steep hillside sites of Weingut Robert Weil: Kiedricher Klosterberg, Kiedricher Turmberg and Kiedricher Gräfenberg. The microclimate of these three southwestfacing sites is excellent, with perfect exposure to the sun and correspondingly high temperatures as well as good circulation from the Taunus winds drawn into the Rhine Valley.

 

Furthermore, the vines are able to permeate the stony soils and develop deep roots, while the water-retaining soil layers ensure the vines a good water supply. Inclination (up to 60%), exposure (southwest) and the ability of the barren stony soils to absorb heat are the factors that make for three perfect Riesling sites. These conditions, as well as ideal circulation, enable the grapes to remain on the vine for a long time, ripening well into November. Wines made from the loose clusters of small, intensely flavored berries are picture-perfect Riesling wines with a fine acidity; a distinctive mineral tone; and complexity. At the same time, they are marked by elegance and finesse.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  5 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  185 wines 

BWW2021 competition finals were filled with superb lineup of the world's greatest wines and superb finds from various price categories. The finals that were run in various blind tasting sessions, revealed many surprises. Most commonly, the fact that all the wines were so enjoyable already at this young stage, although many of them will deliver so much more after ageing of 10-15 years. Congratulations for all the winners!

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  3 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  61 wines 

The third long and rewarding BWW2020 -tasting day is now behind. Here is my personal list over 90 points wines! Thank you again for all the other tasters - tasting 146 young fine wines from all over the world is always a hard work day - but because they are "the Best Wines of the World - it makes so much easier and more fun. 

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 Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  37 wines 

A long and interesting BWW2020 -tasting day one is behind. Here is my personal list over 90 points wines! Thank you for all the other tasters - tasting 120 young fine wines from all over the world is always a real and rare pleasure -it also felt like I was back on the school bench - and the teachers were the best wines in the world. What a day one!

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Lovely wine dinner with impeccable wine pairings! Superb whites, vibrant mature reds and exquisite sweets. Armand de Brignac Rosés in magnum were astonishingly delicious!

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 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  27 wines 

Telmo Rodríguez Lanzaga 2009 / Bushvine Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha from the village of Lanciego. Planted at 500-600 m on a sandstone plateau. Flat shallow soils, stony, calcareous and silty textured. Low fertility and low water retention capacity. Some fruit from own biodynamically farmed vineyard, some bought in. 40,000 bottles. Fermented with native yeasts in cement tanks, matured 14 months in big oak casks and smaller barrels. Bottled June 2012.
Intensely dark crimson with black core. Smells immediately sweeter and riper and more intense than the LZ, with some oak sweetness. Very dark fruited and more spice too. Even with that extra fruit intensity there is still a graphite/mineral dimension. On the palate, the tannins are dense but somehow silky at the same time, giving a wonderfully dry finish, the same effect as 70% dark chocolate but with a different flavour. Still pretty closed up on the palate, dark and savoury and firmly mineral. Super-dry, long finish. So much more to come. Stunning wine. A little more luscious than the 2010 Alto Lanzaga. (JH)

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  2 wines  from  Weingut Robert Weil . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Ornellaia 2016 / 95 points / Ornellaia red is distinctly Tuscan, with a slightly bigger body than Bordeaux and firmer, chewier tannins. The texture is more opulent and the fruit is ripe and sweet; in vintages like 2007 and 2010, these wines gather you in their warm embrace and seduce you with their charm and depth. Recent twin great vintages, 2015 and 2016, have the potential to become another 2007 and are wines to lay down in your cellar for decades.

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