KOEHLER-RUPRECHT

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“I fucking hate German Riesling”, renowned Mount Etna winemaker Frank Cornellisen once told Keeling and Andrew, “apart from Koehler-Ruprecht Auslese Trocken ‘R’. That is one of the best white wines in the world.” We soon set about tracking down a bottle, and loved it so much we began importing their wines. 
 
Koehler-Ruprecht has existed since the 1700s, building a reputation for high quality dry Rieslings during a period when this style was nowhere near as popular as it is today. The Spätlese and Auslese trocken designations mean a lot at this estate (not surprising considering they practically invented them) – so much so that they pulled out of the VDP once authorities banned the practice of declaring both the pradikat and the word trocken on a label at the same time. Estate Manager Dominik Sona’s decision was in keeping with the reputation of notorious firebrand Bernd Philippi, the long-time owner of the domaine (who Dominik worked alongside before taking over in 2012), who refused to compromise the quality and identity of his wines. 
 
The entire production of this esteemed domaine is made in the same traditional fashion, an approach that Dominik says makes them "the last of the mohicans", with spontaneous fermentations in old oak casks taken to full dryness before ageing continues in large-format old barrels (some as old as 120 years). 
 
The entry level Kallstadt Riesling is a delicious and wonderful value introduction to the range, but limestone-rich ‘Saumagen' is the prime vineyard of the village and the terroir that gives rise to Koehler-Ruprecht’s best wines. Domink describes the Kabinett Trocken as being the “most refreshing”, Spätlese Trocken as the "most elegant" and the Auslese Trocken the "most complex" and they all live up to this billing. The 'R' and 'RR' wines (R stands for 'rare') are only produced in top vintages and among the most age-worthy and complex dry whites in all of Germany. Just like Frank told us.

LOCATION: KOEHLER-RUPRECHT

KOEHLER-RUPRECHT
GENERAL INFO PRODUCER APPELATIONS FOUNDED ANNUAL PRODUCTION FARMING
KOEHLER-RUPRECHT Auslese trocken 1700s N/A Biodynamic (in conversion)
Auslese
Spätlese trocken
Kabinett trocken
TECHNICAL INFO WINE BLEND VINE AGE SOIL TYPE VINEYARD AREA
'Kallstadter' Trocken Riesling N/A Clay/limestone N/A
Kallstadter Saumagen’ N/A Clay/limestone 4.2 ha

GENERAL INFO

  • PRODUCER: KOEHLER-RUPRECHT
  • APPELLATIONS:
  • FOUNDED: 1700s
  • ANNUAL PRODUCTION: N/A
  • FARMING: Biodynamic (in conversion)

TECHNICAL INFO

  • 'Kallstadter' Trocken
  • BLEND: Riesling
  • WINE AGE: N/A
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: N/A
  • Kallstadter Saumagen’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: N/A
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 4.2 ha