Robert Weil

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.

The Range

Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2021
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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
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Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2022
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Robert Weil Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken 2022

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. 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, Wilhelm 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.

“The white, yellow and red-fleshed peach aromas of this wine are very sensual, yet cool and precise. Very vibrant and focused with excellent concentration, the super-long finish is very linear and packed with wet stone character. So enormously refreshing.”
96 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2022 Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling Trocken comes from the 3.8-hectare cru that is classified as VDP.Grosse Lage but internally as VDP.Erste Lage with reference to the own history. It opens with a coolish, precise, deep, stony and almost flinty bouquet due to the phyllite soils of the steep slope and intermingles these with ripe yellow stone fruit, lemon and floral aromas. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, very pure and elegant, mouth-filling yet structured and saline Turmberg with serious terroir expression and the intensity of the vintage. Bottled at the end of July like the Klosterberg and the Gräfenberg. 13% stated alcohol.”
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
“The 2022 Riesling Kiedricher Turmberg Erste Lage was grown on mica schist with just 30 cm of topsoil in a lateral valley. It was made from very healthy grapes, with some skin contact, fermented spontaneously in Doppelstück and Stück and aged on fine lees. The nose is vivid with flickers of bergamot surrounding Reine Claude plums. The palate is immediately framed in citrus freshness. A zesty, aromatic allure combines greenish citrus with bright lemon. The palate has substance, but the citric notion is insistent, aromatic and mouthwatering. There is almost a flicker of mint in the background. The palate is concentrated, slender, bright, taut and straight-laced. There's a lovely citrus 􀀁nish. The 2022 is sophisticated, cool and serene.”
94 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, Vinous
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Robert Weil Kiedrich Klosterberg Riesling Trocken 2022
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Robert Weil Kiedrich Klosterberg Riesling Trocken 2022

The vines on this steep, four-hectare vineyard are now between 40 and 60 years old. At up to 300 metres, this is the highest of the three Weil hillside sites, yet thanks to its southern aspect and deeper, iron-rich weathered slate soils, it also produces the most opulent and seductive of these wines (when young). The Weil team often use the term ‘baroque’ when describing wines from Klosterberg, in reference to the lift and generosity. Like all of Weil’s single site ‘22s, this wine was raised entirely in doppelstückfass and aged on full lees for ten months before bottling. While the Klosterberg shares some similarities in character with the Kiedricher wine, you always get a kick up in intensity, complexity and drive at the finish.

“A super elegant dry Rheingau riesling with a wonderful interplay of white tree fruits, racy acidity and delicate creaminess from long sur lie maturation, these elements interlocking beautifully on the precisely contoured medium-bodied palate. Very cool and long finish with white tea, wet stone and wild berry notes.”
94 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2022 Kiedrich Klosterberg Riesling Trocken was fermented with natural yeasts and kept on the original lees in large oak casks until the bottling. The bouquet is deep, intense and very elegant as well as complex and clearly characterized by its phyllite soils with a reddish loess loam mixture. On the palate this is a supple, elegant, mouth-filling and rich Riesling with ripe, mineral acidity and a long, saline, savory and complex finish. It is long and intense and provided with great aging potential. 13% stated alcohol.”
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Robert Weil Kiedrich Klosterberg Riesling Trocken 2022
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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022 (1500ml)
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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022 (1500ml)

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 (1500ml)
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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2022
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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2022

Compared to the 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, making 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. 

“From the upper parts of the Kiedricher Wasseros and stopped at 30 grams per liter of residual sugar, the 2022 Riesling Kabinett offers a clear, pure, generously fruity and slightly flinty bouquet of crushed slate and rocks. Round and textured on the palate, this is a mouth-filling but light, fresh, vital, stimulatingly saline and elegant Kabinett for immediate and future pleasures. It is nicely astringent or mouthwatering. 9% stated alcohol.”
91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
“This prototypical Rheingau Kabinet is very vibrant, with a slew of white-peach, white-currant and spring-blossom aromas. Very good balance of restrained grape sweetness and crisp acidity. Very clean wet-stone finish.”
92 points, Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“The 2022 Riesling Rheingau Kabinett was harvested in the elevated Kiedricher Wasseros, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and made in stainless steel. White peach aromas are framed by citrus. The palate is tingling, bright and juicy, with peaches delineated by lemon. The 2022 is incredibly animating and mouth-watering. This pitches around 9g/L of acidity and 32g/L of sweetness. It is dangerously delicious.”
92 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, Vinous
Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2022
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Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2022
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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
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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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