Robert Weil 2018 New Releases
2017 was already tremendously good for Robert Weil. Could 2018 beat this or, to be more realistic, come along?
Yes, it could! At least 2018 brought another great series of Rieslings from roughly 100 hectares of vines in and around Kiedrich. The wines are shining indeed, displaying perfectly ripe and healthy fruit, with a freshness and balance I didn’t imagine, given the obvious natural conditions, especially of the summer of 2018. How was this possible?
The qualities are stupendous…
Well, here is my opinion: 2018 has brought some of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from Robert Weil. Even the estate wine and the village wines are excellent and worth the price. The GG grand cru is one of the Rheingau stars and so are the sweet wines. STEPHAN REINHARDT, Wine Advocate
The famous blue label of the estate has become the symbol of the highest quality of German wines. Only a few wine estates can boast such a continual and high level of overall quality. MICHAEL BETTANE & THIERRY DESSEAUVE, Great Wines of the World
2018, the vintage whose white wines are just being released, was the best one many growers can remember… JANCIS ROBINSON MW
German vintage 2018 – best ever?
It would probably be the understatement of the year to say that 2018 has been a good year for German vine growers. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, jancisrobinson.com
2018 takes its place in a series with 1911, 1959 and 2001. These wines were the driest years in our region in the last 100 years, and can be counted among the greats. KLAUS-PETER KELLER
Any discussion around who makes the greatest Riesling (so then arguably the greatest white wine) on the planet would absolutely need to include the wines of Robert Weil. There is no other way to say it, these are among the best examples of their kind made anywhere.
I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with Reinhardt and his assessment of the 2018s, they are nothing short of brilliant. Striking for their clarity and precision as well as their intensity and depth, Weil has released a bracket of wines that are as good as anything released from them in the time I have been following the estate.
While usually there is a wine or two that stands out in a line up like this everything I tasted stood tall and proud in its category. From the entry level Trocken, which shows unusual depth and intensity for a wine at this level through to the shockingly pristine and wonderfully fresh Spatlese, every wine tasted (I did not get a chance to taste the Auslese, BA or TBA) was sensational.
In terms of the two “standard bearers” the Turmberg and Klosterberg there was no qualitative difference in 2018 but for me the mineral, slatey, drive was more evident in the Turmberg which leaves the palate quivering and enlivened. The Klosterberg is a more direct, chiselled wine with laser like focus that is almost confronting at this early stage but that will hold it in good stead over the years.
I think the general consensus from the critics is that this is one of the greatest releases from this hallowed German estates and I see no reason whatsoever to disagree. Weil’s 18s are breathtakingly good from top to bottom. Everyone deserves to have a few of these in the cellar to open in the years to come.