Continuously owned by the Leonardy-Rautenstrauch-Tyrell-Behler family since Napoleon’s restructuring of French property in 1811, the “new” owners of the vineyard have been perfecting dry Rieslings on this land for over eight generations now. Currently operated by Sascha Dannhäuser as head winemaker, the 2015 vintage marked the return of legendary winemaker Ludwig Breiling to help oversee operations after an absence from 2009, forming a veritable dream team for the estate. Now is the time to accumulate these iconic and ageless wines.
This wine is incredible today, but when properly stored will continue to improve for decades, a true collector’s wine.
Karthäuserhof, “Farm of the Carthusians,” was gifted by Prince-Elector Balduin of Luxembourg to the monks of the Carthusian Order to form a Monastery in 1335 AD and is the eighth oldest winegrower in the world. Further yet, investigations into the genesis of the vineyard have indicated this land has been practicing viticulture as early as Roman times.
Lining the southern faces of a protected valley near the confluence of the Ruwer and Mosel rivers, the deep rose-red clay and slate soils are pesticide free and provide the intense mineral character. Nearby to the small village of Eitelsbach, they manage pests using pheromones rather than pesticides, which prevent insect pests from reproducing. Nearly the entire 20 acres are planted on original rootstock.
Harvesting is done by hand with the greatest care and aged in stainless steel. Since 2009 the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) has classified the vineyard as a GROSSE LAGE (similar to a Grand Cru status) placing it officially in the upper echelon of wines produced in Germany.
Karthäuserhof is the oldest winery in the Mosel district, one of the 13 major German wine regions. Formerly called the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, the name was shortened in 2007 for commercial purposes. The third largest region in terms of production, it is the most well known internationally for its’ impressive Rieslings and intensely steep river valley vineyards, at up to 65˚ in some cases. As is the case with the Karthäuserhof estate, viticulture is believed to have been brought here by the Romans as a source of local wine for their garrisons.