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Weingut Karl Johner - BISCHOFFINGEN

Established in 1985 after working ten years in the English wine industry, Karl Heinz Johner and his wife Irene founded a little Weingut (Estate) in their home village "Bischoffingen" in the Kaiserstuhl. His focus was on the Burgundian styles - wines full of structure and pure elegance. Despite having to overcome problems relating to winemaking in the Kaiserstuhl and German wine laws the young Weingut soon established himself as a pioneer of a new German wine style recognised as being of an International class. Today "Weingut Karl H Johner" is considered one of the best Estates in Germany and is recognised amongst most wine experts.

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Dr. Loosen, BERNKASTEL, MITTELMOSEL

Ernie Loosen, who runs the Dr. Loosen estate in Bernkastel, has justifiably gained the reputation as the 'King of Riesling' in the Mosel. The wines that he and winemaker, Bernie Schugg, have been making over the past ten years are aristocratic and wonderfully sculpted. This definitely also applies to Ernie's more down-to-earth 'entry-point' wines such as the Dr. L. Riesling which has an amazing fruit extract and is more akin to a Kabinett rather than a QbA. The Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese is incredibly complex, combining fruit and spices with a soul-searching acidity. This is one of Germany's best estates.

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S.A. Prm, WEHLEN, MITTELMOSEL

Raimond Prüm runs and makes the wine at this excellent 16.5 hectares Mittelmosel estate which was founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm. The estate has recently won deserved recognition for some first-class examples of richer-style Mosel, the Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett being characteristically richer and fuller-bodied in style than an equivalent wine from Bernkastel which tends to be flintier. The Bernkasteler Graben Spätlese has a lovely floral-fresh Riesling bouquet, superbly pervasive ripe fruit flavours and an acidic tension which dominates the wine.

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Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt - SCHLOSS MARIENLAY

The knights of von Kesselstatt first arrived in the Duchy surrounding the town of Trier as early as the 14th century. The Kesselstatt Palace, situated in the heart of Trier opposite the Cathedral is one of the most remarkable examples of Baroque architecture north of the Alps and was home to the Estate and its wines from 1746 until 1999. The entire Palace, including the inner-courtyard was lovingly restored to their original glory by Gunther Reh following his aquisition of the Estate in 1978. Today the Palace is a thriving cultural centre and popular meeting place with its winebar and Kesselstatt restaurant. In 1983, Annegret Reh together with husband Gerhard Gartner succeeded her father as head of the Estate. In 1999, together with their long-serving team they transfered the entire wine operation to purpose built facilities on the River Ruwer at Schloss Marienlay.Annegret and Gerhard have, over the past decade been able to achieve the almost impossible, that delicate balance between a successful working relationship and private life. Inseparable both from each other and their love for food and wine. Von Kesselstatt focuses on the natural characteristics of the vineyards and applies the utmost care to maintain the natural fertility of the soil. Yields are held very low between 40 and 55 hl per hectare by pruning and green harvest. Fertilization is conducted according to organic principles and all means are geared towards support of the natural ecosystem. Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt today ranks among the most prestigious and renowned Riesling Estates on the Moselle and indeed throughout the whole of Germany.

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Josef Leitz, RDESHEIM, RHEINGAU

Despite many years of over-production and under-achieving, the Rheingau is re-emerging as Germany's premier wine region, largely due to a small band of still relatively unknown over-achievers who are passionate about the Riesling grape and the area's 'terroir'. 38 year-old Johannes Leitz, and his wife, Gaby, own five-and-a-half hectares of prime Rheingau vineyards, all in the village of Rüdesheim where the soils are slate-dominated. Johannes is very much moving towards 'eco-friendly' viticulture using pheremone catchers (which confuse the insects' in to not knowing what sex they are!) and planting grasses and herbs amongst the vines to give the vines some stiff root competition, helping to add complexity through reduced yields. Johannes' grandfather established the estate in 1892 but it was only when the young Johannes took over in 1985, following a stint at Schloss Joahnnishof and the college at Eltville, that the Leitz estate began to make truly world-class Rieslings. They make wines that have a lovely fresh tangy acidity, often with hints of honey and peaches.

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Domdechant Werner'sches Weingut, HOCHHEIM-AM-MEIN, RHEINGAU

In 1780, the father of the Dean (Domdechant) of Mainz bought this important 12 hectare Rheingau property which has been in the same hands ever since. The current owner is Franz Werner Michel who is passionate about maintaining a classical style to his wines, all of which are Erstes Gewächs (official First Growth status) situated on gentle south facing hillsides with chalky soils that are rich in mineral deposits. The Hochheimer Hölle Riesling Kabinett from the 2000 vintage combines a powerful yet elegant fruitiness, great freshness and a hint of spice.

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Langwerth von Simmern - ELTVILLE

The history of the Freiherrn (Barons) Langwerth von Simmern dates back to the year 1464, when Johann Langwerth von Simmern was given about 13 hectares of "Hattenheimer Mannberg" as a reward for his services as chancellor to Duke Ludwig von Pfalz-Zweibrücken. In 1472, after the acquisiton of Castle Hattenheim, the family finally made the Rheingau their home. After buying Stockheimer Hof in 1711, the family moved to Eltville, the cultural centre of the Rheingau. At Stockheimer Hof, the mother of Baron vom Stein was born in 1721. The acquisiton of Lichtenstern Hof in 1753 laid the foundations for the current estate. The two buildings lend the modern Langwerther Hof its character and enclose the Estate Park inside.

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Louis Guntrum, NIERSTEIN, RHEINHESSEN

The Guntrums' cellars are situated between the villages of Oppenheim and Nierstein, overlooking the Rhine and below the Niersteiner Hölle vineyard. Established in 1648, this famous estate has important holdings in the top Nierstein vineyard sites of Hipping, Pettenthal, Rehbach, Oelberg, Heiligenbaum, Auflangen and Orbel where they only grow the traditional Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Silvaner varieties. Further up the river, their holdings in Oppenheim are equally impressive, with sizeable parcels in Herrenberg, Sackträger, Kreuz and Schützenhütte. Hajo Guntrum and his son, Louis Constantine, have concentrated on making wines that tend to be on the drier side, making them much more attractive propositions as food-partners. With the emphasis on low yields, the wines are bold-flavoured, always impressively powerful and impeccably balanced.

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Brklin-Wolf, WACHENHEIM, RHEINPFALZ

The Rheinpfalz (or as we know it, the Palatinate) is Germany's largest and warmest wine-producing region. Traditionally, there were three major estates that dominated the area in terms of size and quality (Bassermann-Jordan, von Bühl and Bürklin-Wolf) but today, it is only Bürklin-Wolf who is still a major driving force out of the original three. Since the mid-1990's, owner and manager, Christian von Guradze has lead the transformation of this great 86 hectare estate which is based in Wachenheim. They have vineyards in top sites throughout the Middelhaardt (which comprises of the best villages of Ruppertsberg, Deidesheim, Forst, Wachenheim, Bad Dürkheim, Ungstein and Kallstadt) and have a reputation for making some fabulously elegant and racey wines. More recently, von Guradze has also concentrated on making a really top-notch full-bodied dry Riesling from each of his top vineyards. The Wachenheimer Rechbächel Riesling Spätlese reveals the quality of this first-class vineyard site; the wine has a wonderfully fresh, yet complex, purity of flavour. The Ruppertsberger Gaisböhl Riesling Auslese is beautifully made with a big, spicy bouquet, tons of intense, ripe fruit, crisp acidity and a very long finish. It is simply Rheinpfalz wine at its very best.

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J.L. Wolf, WACHENHEIM, RHEINPFALZ

The J.L. Wolf estate was initially designed as a "model farm" by the architect, Eisenlohr. Finished in 1843, the buildings were built on an original wine domaine that had started in 1756 by the then mayor of Wachenheim, Johann Wolf, who had bought some of the best vineyard parcels in Wachemheim, Forst and Deidesheim. Since 1996 the estate has been leased to Ernie Loosen (q.v.) by a Cologne investor and Loosen, and his winemaker, Gunther Dieters, are making some fabulous wines. The 'Single Vineyard' Wachenheimer is wonderfully spicy with a rum and raisins fruit and a zingy, uplifting acidity. The Wachenheimer Gerumpel Auslese is incredibly intense with a honeyed, raisiny fruit and a superb balancing acidity.

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Hermann Dnnhoff, OBERHUSEN, NAHE

The river Nahe (which gives its name to this extremely attractive, rural region) flows north out of the Hunstrück hills and joins the Rhine at Bingen. The best vineyard sites (Niederhausen, Schlossböckelheim, Oberhäusen and Norheim) are situated around the spa town of Bad Kreuznach and the best wines have a full, pure and clean grapey taste with a fine, balancing acidity and a hint of aromatic, minerally fruit. The Dönnhof estate has been in the same hands since 1750 and Helmut Dönnhof is undoubtedly one of the Nahe's (and probably one of Germany's) best producers, making Rieslings from 15 hectares of prime vineyard sites with a wonderful combination of finesse, fragrance and racey fruitiness. In 1999, he won the coveted Gault Millau' Winemaker of the Year' award and his 1998's were amongst some of the finest German wines we have tasted. The Dönnhof Riesling QbA has a lime-fresh fruit nose and an excellent, rich honeyed flavour and is perfect for current drinking. The Schlossböckelheimer Spätlese is from volcanic soil and has a profound peaches and cream, honeyed fruitiness and a lively, racy acidity, giving the wine excellent balance and structure. In conveniently-sized half-bottles there is the tremendous Niederhausen Hermanshölle Auslese which is quite simply one of the most hedonistic Auslesen that we have tried - very pure, intense and sweet but is quite exquisitely balanced with honeyed, spicy dried stone-fruit flavours.

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Schloss Castell, Frstlich Castell'sches Domnenamt, CASTELL, FRANKEN

This is an estate that has long had a reputation for producing some of the finest wines from Franken. Situated in the Steigerwald about 50 kilometres to the east of Würzberg , the Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt is owned by Graf Wolfgang Castell and has 64 hectares of vineyard on steep, sloping vineyards producing a wide range of vines from different grape varieties. We have followed their Silvaner trocken for many years as we feel that it is a wine that reflects the individuality of Franken but is also an excellent accompaniment to food. There is a natural fruitiness in the wine, combined with an almost earthy spiciness and a fine backbone of acidity. Yields are low here and there is a strict policy at the estate not to add sugar to achieve higher than natural alcohol levels.

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Rmerhof Weinkellerei, PIESPORT (GENERIC WINES)

Although we would prefer all our customers to buy from our extensive range of individual estate and vineyard wines listed on the previous pages, we do understand that there is still a demand and a need for basic German 'generics'. The two wines that we have selected from Römerhof Weinkellerei have all been especially made for us, sourcing the grapes from good growers. The Riesling from the Mosel has been selected to reflect its true origins. It is a classic Mosel, being ripe and tangy with a refreshing grapey fruitiness and plenty of length. It was selected from over eighty samples in a blind tasting and is a pure Riesling with plenty of backbone and character.

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