"Monstrously Good” Dry Rieslings - 2016 von Buhl

Reichsrat von Buhl is not just one of the great wineries of Germany’s Palatinate (or Pfalz) region, it is one of the best producers in all of Germany. Established in 1849, by the early 1900s von Buhl’s wines were fetching higher prices than some of the great names of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Served at the opening of the Suez Canal and at the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday, these are wines that epitomise Germany’s often-overlooked dry style of Riesling. Even former German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck once said of von Buhl’s wine: "Dieses Ungeheuer schmeckt mir ungeheuer", which translates as "this Ungeheuer tastes monstrously good", (Ungeheuer meaning 'monster').

Prime vineyards and the winemaking guile of Mathieu Kauffmann, the former chef du cave at Bollinger, have produced some of the best dry Rieslings that money can buy (and it doesn’t take much money either!)

We tasted the exceptional 2016s last week. These are remarkable wines with a real intensity and energy. They are, however, dry wines – if you are used to German Riesling from the Mosel, these are far drier than the Kabinett classification. Whilst there is often a hint of residual sugar on the mid-palate, that soon gives way to an incredibly mineral and dry finish – the hallmark of the range and the region.

Today’s offer is made even more exciting by the fact that we can pair most of these 2016s with some ex-Domaine 2012s. That means that you can buy 6 bottles of the newly released 2016 vintage and 6 bottles of 2012 from the same vineyard, giving you the opportunity to drink an example with some age whilst you lay the 2016 down for a few years.

All of the wines are Grosses Gewächs, meaning Grand Cru. These are fabulous expressions of dry Riesling from an excellent vintage, all at typically undervalued German prices. As they should be, each vineyard has its own character and they are very different styles to one another, so do read the tasting notes from JancisRobinson.com’s resident German wine expert, Michael Schmidt. To see each note, click on the specific wine below.

These are beautifully elegant, bone-dry wines for very little money when compared to many other producers of a similar calibre. The 2012s are utterly delicious now and the 2016s are wines that you will not regret buying when you come to drink them in a few years’ time.

Minimum Order – any 2 x 6 bottles or 6 magnums
Available for delivery in early November


2016 Reiterpfad 'In der Hohl' & 2012 Reiterpfad Grosses Gewächs

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Germany2016Reiterpfad 'In der Hohl' Grosses Gewachs, Von BuhlBT16240.00cs17 MScAdd to Basket
Germany2012Reiterpfad Grosses Gewachs, Von BuhlBT20265.00cs17.5 MScAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

2016 & 2012 Riesling Ungeheur Grosses Gewächs

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Germany2016Ungeheuer Grosses Gewächs, Von BuhlBT26240.00cs17+ MScAdd to Basket
Germany2012Ungeheuer Grosses Gewächs, Von BuhlBT30265.00cs17 MScAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

2016 & 2012 Riesling Pechstein Grosses Gewächs

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Germany2016Pechstein Grosses Gewächs, Von BuhlBT30340.00cs17.5 MScAdd to Basket
Germany2016Pechstein Grosses Gewächs, Von BuhlMG10360.00cs17.5 MScAdd to Basket
Germany2012Pechstein Grosses Gewächs, Von BuhlBT60310.00cs17.5 MScAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

2012 Riesling Kirchenstück Grosses Gewächs

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Germany2012Kirchenstuck Grosses Gewachs, Von BuhlBT20660.00cs17.5 MScAdd to Basket
All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.


Minimum Order – any 2 x 6 bottles or 6 magnums
Available for delivery in early November