Posts with the label "kesseler"


Harvest Report: August Kesseler

Harvest Report: August Kesseler

Friday 22nd September 2017
by Julian Campbell

The team at August Kesseler share their news of the latest vintage direct from the domaine.

“Once again, the time has come! This year our harvest team set off rather early and we have actually already started harvesting the grapes.”  “Over the coming weeks our sole focus will be the grapes and the weather. Will it hold? What vineyard do we harvest first? What grapes will we let hang for a couple more days?  These are the decisions we take on our daily trips through the vineyards from Lorchhausen to Eltville and we are not just thinking of the refractometer (that measures the weight of the must) but also taking a good look at the grapes themselves.  Above all, we give them a try! The most important resources for any winemaker are his taste buds and his experience.”     

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Germany 2016: Welcome to Wiesbaden…

Sunday 3rd September 2017
by Mark Dearing

The annual preview of the latest VDP Grosses Gewachs (GGs) in Wiesbaden is widely considered the best and most comprehensive dry Riesling tasting in the world. 

Invitations are scarce and attendees hand-picked to ensure that the Kurhaus Kolonnade is for three days a year filled with the world’s leading German wine experts. Justerini & Brooks was privileged to be invited this year to join for an in-depth look at the latest releases from all over Germany.

With impeccable organisation, the tasting is conducted in perfect conditions. Approximately 500 wines are submitted for tasting, comprising all the major German grape varieties, meticulously arranged in flights organised by region, village and individual vineyards. Over the three days, I focused on 2016 GG Rieslings from the Nahe, Rheinhessen and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, as well as the latest 2015 Spatburgunders from the Rheingau, Baden and Pfalz.

Kloster Eberbach: A tasting in the Rheingau’s spiritual home...

Kloster Eberbach: A tasting in the Rheingau’s spiritual home...

Saturday 2nd September 2017
by Mark Dearing

After an early start in London I’d arrived in Frankfurt, already running late for a very special tasting at the Kloster Eberbach. 

Kloster Eberbach has played a key role in religion and winegrowing since its founding in 1136. Supported by the state for its ancient, cultural significance, this former Cistercian monastery continues to produce wine from some of the Rheingau’s most historic vineyards. There I would meet with the gregarious Andreas Spreitzer of Weingut Josef Spreitzer, and together with the great and the good of the Rheingau, we would taste the latest 2016 Riesling Grosses Gewachs (GGs) from all over the region. Following this would be a truly one-of-a-kind library tasting of single-vineyard state wines Marcobrunn and Hollenberg stretching as far back as the 1940s, before an evening revisiting a selection of the top 2015 Rheingau GGs at Weingut Robert Weil.

Vintage Report: Germany 2012, “grace and flavour”

Vintage Report: Germany 2012, “grace and flavour”

Wednesday 3rd July 2013
by Julian Campbell

Germany's great wine making regions make for a glorious buying trip when the sun is shining. When we arrived in the middle of June the sun unfortunately wasn't. 

Indeed, parts of the Rheingau had recently seen serious flooding. But nevertheless, the growers we visited, the elite by anybody's books, were cheeringly upbeat. As Carl von Schubert put, 'Riesling is the most innovative weed there is, capable of coping with even the most inauspicious of seasons'. The universal sentiment was that 'The vines maybe two weeks behind but they'll catch up. Nothing to worry about'. Plus ça change from the slightly more pessimistic 2013 outlook in other parts of Europe. By the time we left, temperatures well into the 30s seemed to confirm their optimism.


But of course, we were there to look at the 2012s; an unusual growing season that has produced a range of startling wines with characters and qualities that are almost incomparable in recent vintages.
Germany 2009 - Day 1

Germany 2009 - Day 1

Wednesday 28th April 2010
by Julian Campbell

Our first appointment of the day was an extended tasting with the gregarious August Kesseler. 

2009, at this estate at least, is a vintage defined by his top quality dry wines, white and red. A superb selection followed, each wine showing its terroir but also a certain winery stamp of precision, finesse and detail. During an excellent lunch we tasted some really good Pinot Noir from 2007 and 2008; taut, linear yet ripe and built on minerals, fine tannins and spice. They showed just why Kesseler, the village of Assmanshauser, and in particular the slate soils of the Hollenberg are held in such high regard for Pinot Noir. They are not Burgundy, nor are they meant to be. They are something quite different, and all the better for it.