2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese

2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese

93 Points John Gillman
2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spatlese
93 Points John Gillman

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A beautiful Spatlese from a special and highly-rated vineyard. On this steep sun-facing slope in Graach, blue-gray Devonian soils are rich in minerals but also nicely water-fed and fertile, adding to the plumpness and fruit power of this deeply historic wine. Willi Schaefer is a meticulous producer whose tiny production is allocated around the world. Hugely complex and age-worthy, this is outstanding quality for the price.

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$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle




Its Origins

For many tasters, these are the Ne Plus Ultra of Mosel wine, and they have attracted an almost religious following. This small 4 hectare Mosel wine estate commands a well deserved reputation for producing consistently excellent, fine wines. The philosophy of Willi Schaefer and his son, Christoph, is simple – they aim to make their wines as gently as possible, treating the fruit, must and resultant wines with respect. As such, all their wines are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and the winery, from QbA to QmP. In the vineyard there is a meticulous attention to detail and all practices are carried out by hand. The emphasis is placed on healthy, balanced vines producing healthy, balanced fruit. The personality of the vineyards comes through the final wine with clarity and precision. In Himmelreich the fruit it to the forefront and the minerality is less overt, so the wines usually convey a sense of accessibility and immediate pleasure. That said they are no slouches when it comes to ageing capacity. The Domprobst displays more overt slate notes, with earthy minerality dominating and a more obviously linear form that clearly needs time to show its full potential. These opposing vinous characters owe their personalities to the soils on which they are grown. The deep, grey-blue Devonian slate soil that they share embodies subtle differences at each site. In Himmelreich it is lighter in texture and structure, whereas in Domprobst there is more shale and stone.

What The Critics Say

93+100 view From the Cellar, John Gillman

"The AP #10 Spätlese from the Domprobst vineyard is also superb in 2018. The bouquet is bright and beautifully expressive for a young Domprobst, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear, apple, violets, bee pollen, a lovely base of slate and a gentle topnote of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is fullish and nicely succulent on the attack, with truly beautiful purity to the fruit, fine soil signature and a long, perfectly balanced and zesty. I love the backend slate-acid duality that defines the backend of this wine. This is a Domprobst Spätlese that will only need three or four years in the cellar to really start drinking with style and generosity." Drink 2023 - 2075

17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com

"Delicate and dusty, almost smoky grapefruit aroma. Pure, zinging lemon fruit, sings with a clear citrus voice and the sweetness is barely visible in its perfect balance. Immense purity and delicacy even if it is primary now. (JH)." Drink 2022 - 2030

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    2022 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



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