Reichsrat von Buhl Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005 (375ml)-Nett
A lovely mélange of dried apricot, quince, passion fruit and spice. Lively and syrupy in texture, with a long, tangy finish. Hard to resist. Drink now through 2045. 1 cases imported.- WS95
Reichsrat von Buhl is an historic German wine estate in Deidesheim in the Pfalz, particularly known for its Riesling wines from prestigious vineyards. The company was founded in 1849 by Franz Peter Buhl when Andreas Jordan's holdings were divided among his children. The other estates became Basserman-Jordan and Dr. Deinhard/von Winning – all three are now owned by the Niederberger Group.
Von Buhl quickly gained a reputation as a producer of the finest and most expensive wines in Germany. The business remained under von Buhl ownership until 1952 when it was passed to the von Guttenberg family. Over the years the vineyard holdings were scaled down as various economic difficulties were encountered.
There are now 52 hectares (128 acres) under vine, mainly in the area's top Riesling vineyards. Von Buhl has holdings in several Grosse Lage vineyards, including Kieselberg and Reiterpfad in Deidesheim, as well as in Freundstück, Jesuitengarten, Kirchenstück and Ungeheuer in Forst. These sites are used to make Riesling wines at a range of different sweetness and quality levels.
Reichsrat von Buhl makes a range of other wines from other grape varieties. These include the Suez label, which includes a a Riesling, a rosé and a Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) made from estate-grown grapes, and a range of varietal and sparkling wines made from bought-in grapes.
The estate has had a complicated recent history. From 1989 to 2013, Von Buhl was leased to Japanese businessman Toyohiro Tokuoka. In 2005, however, it was bought by Achim Niederberger, who died in 2013, the same year that the Niederberg group took full operating control. - information from Wine Searcher