Thursday, April 29, 2010

Best of German White Wines and Best Producers of German White Wine – The Falstaff 2010 Ranking

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller in Mainz, Rheinhessen, in January 2010

Falstaff is the leading Austrian wine journal that has announced ambitions to become the leading German speaking wine journal. Falstaff has now published a list of its top wine makers of white wine in Germany and its top German white wines. The lists do not include noble-sweet wines and producers of noble-sweet wines, Germany's flagship wines. The lists were put together by Joel B. Payne und Carsten Henn. The former is the editor of the Gault Millau Wine Guide Deutschland. So no wonder that the Falstaff ratings do not substantially differ from the Gault Millau ratings. Here are the ratings.

Best White Wine Makers

Tim Froehlich from the Nahe region. In the category of fruity Riesling Spätlese wines, his wine is the best. Not only for this wine, his winery Weingut Schaefer-Froehlich was selected winery of the year.

J.J. Pruem for his perfect Kabinett wine. The Kabinett wine of the year - with a classic acidity-sweetness play - comes from the legendary J.J. Prüm winery, which is known for spicy aromas due to spontaneous fermentation and for the aging potential of its wines. The wonderfully fruity Riesling from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr is refreshing and entertaining, without being superficial.

Picture: Germany's vineyards

Markus Molitor, because he has the best portfolio of the year: Markus Molitor from the Mosel valley produced the portfolio of the year; his extremely late harvesting of the fruit played a crucial role.

Van Volxem for a brilliant series of fine Riesling wines. Roman Niewodniczanski, owner of the winery Van Volxem (Saar), presented a brilliant series of fine Riesling wines. His top wines of Alten Reben from the Altenberg and the Gottesfuß vineyards came out on top of the list of the best “feinherb” wines. Two more of his wines were among the first 13 wines in this category.

What Molitor and Van Volxem have in common, is that they do not aspire to the classic Mosel Riesling crisp acidity, but instead to high maturity and silky minerality.

Buerklin Wolf: Among the leading producers in the Pfalz region, Buerklin-Wolf - owned by Bettina Bürklin von Guradze - underscored with the collection of the year once again its leadership in dry Rieslings. But other top producers such as Knipser and Rebholz also impressed with their excellent wines, like the rising stars Faubel and Philip Kuhn.

The Top German White Wines

96 Forster Kirchenstück »GC« 2008, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

95 Forster Pechstein »GC« 2008, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

95 Monzinger Halenberg Grosses Gewächs 2008, Emrich-Schönleber

95 Westhofener Abtserde Grosses Gewächs 2008, Keller

94 Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Grosses Gewächs 2008, Rebholz

94 Chardonnay Spätlese »R« 2008,Rebholz

94 Deidesheimer Hohenmorgen »GC« 2008, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf

94 G-Max 2008, Keller

94 Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg 2008, Georg Breuer

94 Siebeldinger Im Sonnenschein Weißburgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Rebholz

93 Burkheimer Feuerberg Grauer Burgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Bercher

93 Oberrotweiler Henkenberg Grauer Burgunder Spätlese trocken 2008, Freiherr von Gleichenstein Oberrotweil

93 Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Alte Reben Goldkapsel 2008, Josef Leitz

93 Westhofener Morstein Grosses Gewächs 2008, Wittmann

92 2005 »5. Triumvirat Grande Cuvée« Brut 2005, Raumland

92 Achkarrer Schlossberg Grauer Burgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Dr. Heger

92 Achkarrer Schlossberg Weißburgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Dr. Heger

92 Bürgstadter Centgrafenberg Weißburgunder trocken »R« 2008, Paul Fürst

92 Burkheimer Feuerberg Weißer Burgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Bercher

92 Chardonnay »Keuper S« 2008, Dr. Wehrheim

92 Ihringer Winklerberg Grauer Burgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Dr. Heger

92 Kirrweiler Mandelberg Weißer Burgunder Grosses Gewächs 2008, Bergdolt

92 Pinot Noir & Chardonnay,»Cuvée Mo« Brut nature 2004,Schlossgut Diel

92 Schlatter Maltesergarten Weißer Burgunder trocken »SW« 2008, Weingut Martin Wassmer Bad Krozingen-Schlatt

92 Weißer Burgunder Spätlese trocken »Kostbar« 2008,Faubel

92 »-no« Brut 2005, Ökonomierat Rebholz

91 Casteller Schlossberg Grosses Gewächs 2008, Fürst Castell

91 Chardonnay Brut Prestige 2004, Raumland

91 Escherndorfer Lump Grosses Gewächs 2008, Horst Sauer

91 Escherndorfer Lump Spätlese trocken »L« 2008, Rainer Sauer

90 Dorsheim Goldloch Riesling Brut 2004, Schlossgut Diel

90 Brut Blanc de Noirs 2007, Wilhelmshof

90 Escherndorfer Lump Spätlese trocken 2008, Horst Sauer

90 Freiraum 2008, Rainer Sauer

90 Homburger Kallmuth »Asphodill« 2008, Fürst Löwenstein

90 Iphöfer Julius Echter Berg 2008, Johann Ruck

90 Iphöfer Julius Echter Berg Grosses Gewächs 2008, Hans Wirsching

90 Iphöfer Kronsberg Grosses Gewächs 2008, Hans Wirsching

90 Randersackerer Pfülben Grosses Gewächs 2008, Schmitt's Kinder

90 Riesling & Spätburgunder »Creation Karat« Brut 2007, Schönleber

90 Riesling Brut 2007, Wilhelm Mohr Erben

90 Riesling Brut Prestige 2003, von Othegraven

Here is the Falstaff list in the journal 2/2010.

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  1. Great German Riesling blog! As a German Riesling fan, I thank you very much! Boon, Wein & Vin

  2. Hello - I have a question about dry wines .... should I just post it here? or do you take questions at an email??

    Thanks, Princess

  3. Post it here or send it to