RHEINGAU - GERMANY
Under the direction of Johannes Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers and moreover, one of the finest producers in Germany. Since taking over his family estate in 1985, Johannes has grown his holdings from 2.6 hectares to over 40, most of which are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Once the home of some of the world’s most sought after and expensive wines, the region fell to mediocrity in the years following the Second World War. Josi has made it his life’s work to reclaim the intrinsic quality of his native terroir and introduce the world to the true potential of the Rheingau.
From the 2011 vintage, Leitz began to designate the pre-1971 parcel names on select bottlings, reviving the individual voices of 'Hinterhaus' (Rottland), 'Ehrenfels' (Schlossberg), and 'Katerloch' (Roseneck). He has also resurrected the once neglected site of Kaisersteinfels, which has become one of the most sought-after wines of the Rheingau. 'Der Kaiser' sits high, just beneath the forest line of the Rüdesheimer-Berg, with a spectacular view overlooking the confluence of the Nahe and Rhein Rivers. The singular terroir on the westernmost point of the Rheingau is composed of quartzite, very old grey slate, as well as some iron-rich red slate and produces wines with incredible complexity and length.
In 2011 Johannes was recognised by the esteemed Gault Millau as 'Winemaker of the Year.' We could not be more excited to be a small part of the Leitz project. We believe that these are some of the finest white wines in the world.
Leitz ‘Eins-Zwei-Dry’ Riesling 2017
- 96 points, International Wine Challenge 2018
- Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge 2018
- Best German White Trophy, International Wine Challenge 2018
Leitz Kaisensteinfels Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2016
97 points, James Suckling -“What an amazing nose of wild flowers and herbs and what a dazzling mineral finish! Stunning raciness and concentration, the finish kicking the can not just down the road, but right out of the solar system. One of the most exciting 2016s in the Rheingau. Drink now and for many years to come.”
18+ points, Jancis Robinson MW -“Most Riesling lovers will find the fragrance of ripe local fruit with a hint of butterscotch irresistible, and only a doubting Thomas might suspect an overload of opulence. Fortunately, Thomas is proven wrong once again, as this Grosses Gewächs manages a perfect balance between the juicy fruit of gooseberry and melon, stimulating acidity and full, yet muscular, body. Subtle nuances of minerality and herbs lift the Kaisersteinfels into the premier league of grand cru Riesling.”
Leitz Roseneck Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2016
95 points, James Suckling -“Together with the ripeness and minerality the slight leesy funk gives this a dangerously erotic edge. Enormous power and vitality that charges through the long finish. Drink through 2040.”
Leitz Magic Mountain Riesling 2016
93 points, James Suckling -“This minor masterpiece of raciness and minerality tops many GGs of this vintage. Wonderful white peach, apricot and floral aroma. Real concentration and a long filigree finish. Best through 2026. A blend of the steep sites with slate soils on the Rüdesheimer Berg.”