Koehler-Ruprecht

This historic estate, long managed by the legendary and larger-than-life Bernd Philippi, was purchased in 2009 and since 2011 has been in the dedicated hands of Dominik Sona. He and his cellar master Franziska Schmitt are intensely hard-working and strictly honor the arch-traditional style of this beautiful, centuries-old cellar. 

Koehler-Ruprecht is known for broad, rich and minerally Rieslings, Pinots and Chardonnays sourced from three locations in Kallstadt:

- The 750-yr-old Steinacker or "stony acre" which practically surrounds the village is a very rugged, gravelly sandstone and lœss mix on top of a limestone floor, home to Pinot varieties and the estate's fruity Kabinett Riesling.

- The 120-year-old Annaberg is a chalk and sandstone site where the estate's remarkable Chardonnay grows on the limestone portion and their legendary Scheurebe is derived from the first commercial plantings of that grape in Germany, planted circa 1960!

- The crown jewel of the estate is the 200+year-old Saumagen (lœss, marl, and limestone), a 40ha grand cru of which Koehler owns a prime parcel of 4ha on the original South-East facing slope. Some of the greatest, most long-lived dry Rieslings in Germany are born here. 

All wines are spontaneously fermented on their own yeasts and aged entirely in large, neutral stück (1200L oval casks) and halbstück (600L). No chaptalization, no enzymes, and no manipulations of any kind are practiced here. 

These are extremely old-school wines from an estate making trocken (dry) wines before it was trendy. In fact, the estate cleaves to the old labeling practice of putting both the pradikät and the trocken designation on each wine (e.g., Auslese Trocken), which the VDP no longer allows; it was one reason they left the consortium after 80 years of membership! Koehler-Ruprecht’s wines are released conspicuously late and are best enjoyed with bottle age, particularly the “R” reserve wines. It is safe to say there are no other wines like these made in Germany—or anywhere.

For more information, click here.

There is also an excellent promotional video here with beautiful footage of harvest in Kallstadt as well as some comments from winemaker Dominik Sona and cellarmaster Johannes Lochner.

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DB0955-16
Chardonnay Spätlese Trocken Annaberg
2016
Chardonnay
The 120-year-old Annaberg vineyard is known to hardcore German wine fans as the birthplace of Scheurebe, but its south-facing slope of rich... Read More

DB1151-17
Pinot Noir Kabinett Trocken
2017
Pinot Noir
Sourced from a mix of sites in Kallstadt and one vineyard in Bad Dürkheim (planted to Pinot Noir in 2008) where the soils here are light... Read More

DB4110-18
Sustainable
Pinot Noir Rosé Kabinett Trocken
2018
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir grown organically in limestone; 100% press-juice vinified in 2500L double stück casks with a short soak, no... Read More

DB8652-15
Riesling Auslese Kallstadter Saumagen
2015
Riesling

DB3102-16
Riesling Auslese Trocken Kallstadter Saumagen
2016
Riesling

DB1122-08
94 WA
Riesling Auslese Trocken Saumagen "R"
2008
Riesling
6/750 One of the best bottlings from K-R: everything in its place, everything showing but still evolving, grace wedded to strength... Read More

DB8653-15
Riesling BA Kallstadter
2015
Riesling

DB8412-16
Organic
Riesling Kabinett Steinacker
2016
Riesling
One of the very few wines with sweetness produced at Koehler-Ruprecht, and a predictably fine one! Steinacker translates to the "stony acre... Read More

DB8411-18
Riesling Kabinett Trocken Kallstadter
2018
Riesling

DB8414-17
Riesling Kabinett Trocken Saumagen
2017
Riesling
The Saumagen is the estate’s crown jewel: 4 hectares of chalky marl and limestone in the shape of a saumagen, the specialty... Read More

DB1038-17
Riesling Spätlese Trocken Saumagen
2017
Riesling
Words like “stunning” and “dazzling” have been invoked by the critics to describe this luxuriantly rich, dry, complex and austerely young... Read More

DB1038-15
Riesling Spätlese Trocken Saumagen
2015
Riesling
Magnificent wine, one of the top dry Spätlesen of 2015. Not necessarily bigger than the Kabinett from that year, but clearly firmer, more... Read More

DB8410-18
Organic
Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) Kabinett Trocken
2018
Pinot Blanc
100% Pinot Blanc vinified bone dry but very ripe. A late-harvest selection of older vines (40-50 years old) planted in limestone soils... Read More