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VINUM WEINGUIDE DEUTSCHLAND 2021
Weingut Willi Schaefer in the Top Ten ranking! We are very grateful!
-Spätlese category-
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  2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13  97/100 points
5.  2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 95/100 points
-Auslese category-
1.   2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #09  98/100 points
7.   2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15  97/100 points
-Kabinett category-
4.   2019 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett  94/100 points
– edelsüß/noble sweet category-
6.   2019 Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese  98/100 points

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4,5/5 Stars Vinum Weinguide Deutschland 2021
“Das war aus feinstem Holz geschnitzt, was uns Christoph Schaefer in seinem Jubiläumsjahr, er ist nun fünf Jahre Betriebsleiter im elterlichen Betrieb in Graach, vorgestellt hat. Ein großer Wurf, so kann man es mit einem Satz bezeichnen. Dezidiert bedeutet es: Kabinette spannungsgeladen und erstaunlich komplex, Spätlesen mit unglaublicher Trinkigkeit, Auslesen, die mit einer Säure auftreten, wie sie uns in 2019 selten begegnet sind. Keiner der Mitkonkurrenten konnte der Familie Schäfer mit ihrer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese -13- und der Auslese Goldkapsel aus dem Graacher Himmelreich Paroli bieten und stehen damit gleich zweimal in diesem Jahr auf dem Siegerpodest. Insgesamt waren es sage und schreibe sechs Weine, die sich in die Top-Ten-Listen verewigten! Hut ab für diese überragende Leistung! Am Ende hatten wir einen gewisse Ehrfurcht vor dem, was uns da entgegenströmte….”
read more: PDF Ausschnitt Weinguide

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JAMESSUCKLING.COM
“Report: Is 2019 Germany’s 100-Point Vintage?”
Sept. 16, 2020, tasting notes by Stuart Pigott
2019 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett 95/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 95/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13  98/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #09  97/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15  98/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese 99/100
Read more: James_Suckling_2019er_Willi_Schaefer

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VIEW FROM THE CELLAR, by John Gilman/USA
Issue July-August 2020 #88
Christophe and Andrea Schaefer have crafted an amazing lineup of 2019ers, whith everything that I tasted, up and down the Prädikat hierarchy gorgeously pure, electric and bursting with some of the most beautiful fruit tones one will ever find in the world of wine. … And as the Domprobst Beerenauslese from 2019 is the pinnacle of the collection at Weingut Schaefer this year and every bit as stunning as one would expect from the confluence of a legendary vintage and an estate at the absolute top of its game today! Buy any bottling you can find from Christophe Schaefer this year, as there is absolutely nothing in the portfolio that will not be a cellar treasure in times to come…
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 96/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett 95/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 95/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #05 95+/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13 (Auction) 98/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #09  97/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #14  97/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15 (Auction)  98+/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese  97/100
read more: View_from_the_Cellar_by_John_Gilman_WS_2019

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ROBERT PARKER, WINE ADVOCATE
Stephan Reinhardt, August, 2020
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 90/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett 93/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 94/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10  96/100
2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 93/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #05  95/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13 (Auction) 94+/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11  95/100
2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 95/100
2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #09  96-97/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #14  97/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15 (Auction)  97+/100
2019 Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese 97/100
read full tasting notes: Robert_Parker_2019er_Willi_Schaefer

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MOSEL FINE WINES

“The independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue no. 53 – August 2020

2019 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13 -Auction-    98/100
“The 2019er Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese AP 13 (the auction bottling) comes from the Nikolauslay (referred to internally simply as Lay) part of the vineyard and was fermeted down to sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers an absolutely breathtaking nose made of melon, pear, vineyard peach, whipped cream, elderflower, blue berried fruits, smoke, and flowers. It proves simply outstandingly well balanced on the subtly zesty and yet creamy palate, and leaves a superb feel of fresh fruits, spices, and herbs in the long, airy, and lingering finish. The finesse, depth, and elegance packed of this wine which remains true to its style are simply to die for. What an incredible success! 2029-2059″

2019 Graacher Domprobst Auslese Goldkapsel #15 -Auction-  97/100
“The 2019er Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese AP 15 (the auction bottling) was made from partially botrytized fruit and fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a stunning nose made of almond paste, mango, elderflower, honeyed orchard fruits, spices, and herbs. The wine develops the subtle suave sweet intensitiy of a small BA on the palate packed with glorious flavors of fruit and honeyed cream. The finish is sublte and gorgeously elegant, even if still, understanably, on the sweet side at this early stage. This superb dessert wine now only requires patience in order to being to fully enjoy its glorious complexity! 2034-2069″

MOSEL FINE WINES
“The independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue no. 52 – June 2020
“… Christoph Schaefer dished up a magnificent collection of 2019s. All wines are outstanding if not outright classic. We feel that the sweet spot lies at Auslese level, which simply prove breathtaking (all Auslese and the BA are modern classics in the making). A special mention also goes to the magnificent Domprobst Kabinett, one of the greatest Kabinett we had ever the chance to taste. The only drawback of the collection is the yields, as quantities are small. However, no stone should be left unturned in order to lay one’s hands on some 2019 Willi Schaefer wines: The Schaefer family did (again) a stunning job. Bravo!…”
more about vintage 2019: MFW 2019 Vintage Report – Weingut Willi Schaefer
more about 2019 Domprobst Kabinett: MFW 2019-willi-schaefer domprobst-kabinett

FINANCIAL TIMES, Jancis Robinson
Why Riesling is the greatest white wine grape
read article: Financial Times Jancis Robinson

Gault & Millau Wineguide Germany 2020
– Rewarded with 4,5/5 grapes-
read more: Gault&Millau Bucheintrag

VINUM, Wineguide Germany 2020
– Rewarded with 4/5 Stars-
read more: VINUM_Willi Schaefer

Wonderful ratings for our matured Riesling wines!
VINUM, Wineguide Germany 2020
Category Riesling Spätlese 2009 – 10 years after
2nd rank – 2009 Graacher Domprobst #05 95/100 points
5th rank – 2009 Graacher Domprobst #04 (Auction) 94/100 points

MOSEL FINE WINES
“The independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue no. 46 – June 2019
… Christoph Schaefer once again underlined its remarkable talent in 2018. He is one of these few growers who managed to transcend the ripe softness of the vintage and produce real classic Mosel wines: filigreed, true to their Prädikat level, racy and engaging. It therefor comes to no surprise that the portfolio is full of highlights… Overall, this superstar Estate delivered in the seemingly easy but actually quite challenging 2018 vintage!…”
read more about vintage 2018: 2018 Vintage Report_Mosel_Fine_Wines
read more about 2018 Auction Wines: MFW 2019 Auction Report
read more about 2018 Himmelreich GG: MFW – 2018 Himmelreich GG

VIEW FROM THE CELLAR, by John Gilman/USA
Issue March-April #80
2018 Graacher Riesling trocken   90/100
2018 Graacher Riesling feinherb   90+/100
2018 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett   92+/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett   93/100
2018 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese   93+/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10   93+/100
2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese   94/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #05   94+/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13 (Auction)    96/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #11   95/100
2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese #18   95/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #14   96/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15 (Auction)   97/100
2018 Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese #16   97/100
read more: View_from_the_cellar_WS_2018er

ROBERT PARKER, WINE ADVOCATE
Stephan Reinhardt, August, 2019
2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett   90+/100

RESTAURANT WINE
Ronn Wiegand, Issues #184, #185, #186
“This small family estate made brilliant Rieslings in 2017; wines with distinct, refined aromas/flavours, excellent depth of fruit (for their respective styles), and wonderful balance – a pleasure to taste…”
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett   5/5
2017 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett   5/5
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese   5/5
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10   5/5
2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese   5/5
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #05   5/5
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13 (Auction)   5/5
2017 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15 (Auction)   5/5
read more: Ronn_Wiegand_Restaurant_Wine_WilliSchaefer notes

ROBERT PARKER, WINE ADVOCATE
Stephan Reinhardt, June, 2019
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett   91+/100
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett   92/100
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese   93/100
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10   94/100
2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese   94/100
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #05   95/100
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #13 (Auction-wine)   96/100
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #15 (Auction-wine)   96/100

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Luciano Ferraro und Luca Gardini, Corriere della Sera
Verona, April 8th 2019 – Luca Gardini and Luciano Ferraro awarde Weingut Willi Schaefer as:
BEST  INTERNATIONAL  GROWER
We are very delighted!!!

René Langdahl, Denmark April 2nd 2019
“Et forsvar for liflighed – Mosel 2017″
The wine of Andrea and Christoph Schaefer can be something that only a few wines can. They make adult men cry and it’s been a long time since I’ve had tears in the eyes of a wine.
read article: Renè Langdahl über Mosel 2017

THE FINE WINE REVIEW
Claude Kolm, California, October 2018
“2017 Willi Schaefer – This selection of wines constitutes a new first for me: I don’t believe that I’ve ever tasted through a range of several wines from a producer and given each one an A+ rating. … So if you are fortunate enough to see these wines, you need to jump on them immediately…”
read more: The_Fine_Wine_Review_Willi_Schaefer

WEINWISSER, Schweiz
Guiseppe Lauria, issue no. 08/2018,
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 17+/20 points
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett 17,5/20 points
2017 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #05 18+/20 points
2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 17,5/20 points
2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #05 17+/20 points

JAMESSUCKLING.COM
The surprising success of the 2017 Mosel vintage, June 26th 2018
Outstanding ratings for our 2017 vintage!
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 95/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Domprobst Kabinett 96/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 95/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #10  96/100 Punkte
2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 95/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #05  98/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Domprobst Spätlese #13  97/100 Punkte
2017 Graacher Domprobst Auslese #15  98/100 Punkte
read more: JamesSuckling2017ratingsWilli_Schaefer

MOSEL FINE WINES
“The Independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
by Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue No 41, June 2018
“… The very strict selection made by the Estate costed it dearly in terms of yields. But this paid off massively in terms of quality. Simply put, the 2017 collection by Willi Schaefer is awe-inspiring and possibly the finest ever. The wines all shine through huge complexity, purity and intensity yet retain elegance and precision. The real problem will just be to find some bottles… ”
read more: MFW_No41_Jun_2018_Weingut Willi Schaefer

VIEW FROM THE CELLAR by John Gilman, USA
Issue 75, May-June 2018
“The hustle to bring in the grapes as pristine as possible has been rewarded here in 2017, as the entire range is absolutely stellar, very long and productive lives for all of the 2017ers from Weingut Schaefer… The 2017 vintage has produced some great long-distance runners at Weingut Willi Schaefer and this is going to be yet another great, great vintage for Christophe and Andrea Schaefer and will rival the very best of the wines produced in the last decade or so, which is saying something, as this winery has been on quite a roll since the turn of the new millennium!”
read more: Willi_Schaefer_View From the Cellar May-June 2018 #75

 MOSEL FINE WINES – 2008 “10 Years After” Retrospective
“The Independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
by Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue no. 40, April 2018
Fruity & Sweet Highlights…
read more: MFW 2008 Retrospective Fruity-Sweet Highlights – Weingut Willi Schaefer

Gardini Notes – The Wine Killers, Italy by Luca Gardini
Issue March 26, 2018, www.gardininotes.com
Top-ratings for Weingut Willi Schaefer!
97+/100 points – 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #14
96+/100 points – 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #05
read more: Gardini_notes_WR_MOSELLE1617_20180326-2

La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy, issue March 17th 2018
150 migliori vini del mondo – Luca Gardini, sommelier-world-champion 2010
“The 150 best wines in the world”
2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett
95/100 points – rank 36
read more: La_Gazzetta_dello_Sport_Gardini

View from a cellar, John Gilman/USA, Issue Nov-Dec 2017 #72
“… the (2016) wines will have no difficulty delighting fans of the estate with their glorious array of pure, pristine fruit tones and framing expressions of minerality…”
read more:  View From the Cellar Nov-Dec 2017 #72_Willi_Schaefer

Gault_Millau_Urkunde_2018Gault&Millau Weinguide Deutschland 2018
We are very happy about being rewarded with 4 “red grapes”!
“… Perfekt, das heißt für die Schaefers vor allem: Harmonie… Genau dies
zeichnet die Weine der Familie aus.: eine Süße, die immer diskret bleibt, tatsächlich nie “lauter” wird, auch nicht mit steigenden Oechsle-Graden. Die Weine vibrieren unglaublich am Gaumen, zart und doch voller Kraft, immer getragen von einem feinen, präzisen Säurefaden…”

MOSEL FINE WINES
“The Independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
by Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Issue no. 35, June 2017
“… The collection (2016) oozes the telltale Schaefer elegance with some pure and ripe fruits superbly wrapped into delicately tickly and acidity …”
read more:  MFW_Vintage Report 2016 – Willi Schaefer

Der_kleine_Johnson_2018Jugh Johnson, Der Kleine Johnson, Weinführer 2018
“Willi Schaefer und Sohn Christoph sind die besten Winzer in GRAACH (aber nur 4ha), MOSEL-RIESLING vom Feinsten: rein, kristallin und federleicht; lohnend in allen Qualitätsstufen.”

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DER FEINSCHMECKER “Die besten Winzer und Weine 2017/2018
Rewarded with 4 of 5 “F”
“… ein kleiner Familienbetrieb, der nur rund vier Hektar bewirtschaftet, dabei aber auf beste Lagen der Mittelmosel zurückgreifen kann. Was Willi und Christoph Schaefer 2016 auf dei Flasche gebracht haben, gehört ohne Zweifel in die Spitze der aktuellen Moselweine. Fast himmlisch leicht und beschwingt präsentieren sich die Kabinett-Rieslinge, die etwas strafferen Spätlesen punkten mit einer blitzsauberen Frucht bei jugendlich frischer Säure…”

The Corkdork – Wine and Food Musing, John Loose, USA, Sept. 30st 2017
“The wines of Willi Schaefer are my favorite Mosel wines and my visit further clarified what makes these wines resonate for me…”
read more: The Corkdork

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La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy, issue March 17th 2017

150 migliori vini del mondo – Luca Gardini, sommelier-world-champion 2010
First rank for
2015 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 99/100 Punkte

GardiniNotes. The Wine Killers, Italien, Luca Gardini
February 2017, Issue no. 26, www.gardininotes.com
2015 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 99/100 points
2015 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 96/100 points

Ronn_Wiegand_headerRestaurant Wine, Ronn Wiegand
Issues #172, #173, #174  2017
“…Willi Schaefer produces fine Rieslings from 9.9 acres of vines in three
celebrated vineyards, and is best known for his exceptional Graach bottlings.
Production is small: only 3,000 cases a year…”
read more: RW172-174-Reviews Willi Schaefer

Gault&Millau 2017

“… Und nun 2015, wo alle Superlative in der Beschreibung schon verbraucht sind, fehlen einem fast die Worte: Es sind völlig klare und präzise Rieslinge, die durch eine reife und kraftvolle Säure balanciert sind und die an die großen 1990er erinnern. Kabinette, die eine feine Kühle verströmen, saftige Spätlesen, edel und verspielt, fast schwerelose Auslesen, delikat und hochfein: So eine großartige Reihe gibt es nur in ganz großen Jahren. Bravo!”
mehr lesen: Gault_Millau_Jahrgang 2015

Macau Daily Times
November, 4th 2016
“THE QUINTESSENCE OF PURITY”
by Jacky I.F. Cheong
read more: The quintessence of purity

Mosel Fine Wines, Jean Fisch und David Rayer
Wines of the month, September, 1st 2016
“2015er Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese AP5
An elegant, refined and complex Spätlese by Willi Schaefer underlines why Spätlese / Auslese is the sweet spot in the 2015 vintage. …”
read more: Mosel Fine Wines Schaefer 2015 Domprobst Spätlese #5

MOSEL FINE WINES
“The Independent Review of Mosel Riesling”
by Jean Fisch and David Rayer
“… The collection proves an absolutely epic success…”
read more:  Mosel Fine Wines No31 Jun 2016-1

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View from a cellar, John Gilman/USA
“… After tasting through the range of utterly brilliant and classical Kabinetten, I was tepted to say that this is the real sweet spot here ini Graach in 2015, but the wave after wave of simply stunning Spätlesen and Auslesen that follow quickly disabuse one of this notion, as this is simply a brilliant range from start to finisch at Weingut Willi Schaefer this year and there is not a single wine I would not want to put into my personal collection…”
read more:  2015er_View_of_the_Cellar_John_Gilman

 Marcio Hamann, www.vvWein.ch, Schweiz, 1. Juli 2016
“Willi Schaefer 2015: mehr Mosel geht nicht!
Schon seit einigen Jahren faszinieren mich die Weine vom Weingut Willi Schaefer. Nebst dem sie einen unverkennbaren Mosel-Charakter widergeben, sind sie stets sehr elegant, frisch und zeigen jeweils viel Jahrgangstypizität. Dabei ist der Jahrgang 2015,…”
mehr lesen:  Mehr Mosel geht nicht

Mosel Fine Wines, Jean Fisch und David Rayer
Wines of the month, May, 1st 2016
“2006er Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Beerenauslese
This stunner from our 2006 retrospective epitomizes the ultimate elegance of great BAs. Willi and Christoph Schaefer provide some background to this roaring success. …”
read more: Mosel Fine Wines 2006 Domprobst Beerenauslese

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Vinum, Issue 03/206
read more: “Ü60-Winzer: Erfahren, wild und visionär”