Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl is one of the most famous and historic of Germany’s elite wineries. Proud owner of some of the best vineyard sites in Deidesheim and Forst – such as Forster Kirchenstück, Pechstein, Jesuitengarten, Freundstück and the Deidesheim sites Leinhöhle, Herrgottsacker, Kiesleberg and Paradiesgarten – the wines coming from this Elysian cellar have always been nothing short of utterly mesmerising.
In 2013 a new team at the estate, including managing director Richard Grosche and technical director Mathieu Kauffmann, took control of the property. I knew both men in their previous lives – Richard was a wine journalist and someone who I very much enjoyed bumping into at wine conferences all over the planet, and Mathieu made the wines at Bollinger, and so I came into contact with him and his wines with alarming regularity.
Their combined skills have given this renowned winery a new lease of life. They are churning out award-winning sparkling wines as well as the whole gamut of single-vineyard rieslings.
So allow me to reintroduce you to von Buhl with my tip for this week: it is one of the most enchanting and refreshing wines I have tasted in years. Bone Dry does what it says on the label and it will cast a spell on your palate like nothing you have ever tasted before. You must taste this wine and then I am certain you will feel moved to investigate the rest of the portfolio.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).