Monday, April 13, 2015

2013 Reichsrat von BUHL: 2013 Riesling Grosse Gewächse (Pfalz)

These were the only GG’s I saw from von Buhl in 2013; I am aware that there additionally was a Kirchenstück produced; I do not know if there were any other GG’s (from its holdings, Buhl can produce at least seven different GG’s). Although there are some good wines here, overall, this group is not up to Buhl’s usual standards. 2013 was the year that Mathieu Kauffmann left the Bollinger Champagne house to join Buhl (in time to harvest and make these wines). We will have to wait a few years to get a bead on whether this was a vintage that partly went awry or one that just needs more time to come into focus. Certainly, 2013 was not an easy vintage to become used to a whole new producer and region. (Continue reading.)