14th Annual Gault Millau Guide

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14th Annual Gault Millau Guide
Honors Best in German Wines

December 7, 2006

MAINZ, Germany – The recently released 14th annual”Gault Millau WeinGuide”
and “Eichelmann Deutschlands Weine” continues to gain respect and recognition in Germany as the best industry source of current information and evaluation of German wine estates and their wines. The German wine and estate evaluations by authors Armin Diel & Joel Payne and Gerhard Eichelmann serves up 1,600 pages of reviews including many thousands of wines sampled by the trio in the course of the year. Both are available only in German.

Gault Millau WeinGuide 2007 pays tribute to more than 800 German winemakers, whose achievements are also rated with grape clusters (one to five). An additional 260 estates are listed as “recommended” – potential candidates for “grape cluster status”.

In the 2007 guide, only 10 estates qualified for the top ranking (five grape
clusters). And at least half of these estates market their wines in Canada.
Included are:

Weingut Fritz Haag, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Reinhold Haart, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Egon Müller – Scharzhof, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Nahe
Weingut Emrich-Schönleber, Nahe
Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz, Pfalz
Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau
Weingut Keller, Rheinhessen.

Other award winners whose wines are also offered in Canada include Theo
Haart of Weingut Reinhold Haart in Piesport on the Mosel who has been named
“winemaker of the year.” According to the editors: “His grandiose Rieslings
can blossom into true works of art. With great perseverance he has secured a
place among the world’s best winemakers.”

The “rising star of the year” is Rainer Schnaitmann from Fellbach in Württemberg. Gault Millau writes: “In less than a decade, Rainer Schnaitmann, with his red wines, has managed to work his way up into the rank of Germany’s finest producers. A remarkable achievement.”

Hanspeter Ziereisen of Weingut Ziereisen in Efringen-Kirchen, southern
Baden, has been named “discovery of the year.” His collection was so convincing that he was awarded two grape clusters straightaway.

The honorary title “collection of the year” goes to to Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm in Bernkatel-Wehlen on the Mosel. J.J. Prüm wines have been available in Ontario, Quebec and Albera markets.

Eichelmann Deutschlands Weine 2007 reviews 944 German estates as well as
9,756 wines. The wines are rated according to the internationally common practice based on 100 points, whereas stars (one to five) are used to indicate the estates’ overall achievement. The following estates rated the highest rating of five stars in this edition for estate achievement:

Weingut Meyer-Näkel, Ahr
Weingut Jean Stodden, Ahr
Weingut Bercher, Baden
Weingut Jacob Dujn, Baden
Weingut Dr. Heger, Baden
Weingut Andreas Laible, Baden
Weingut Michel, Baden
Weingut Seeger, Baden
Weingut Rudolf Fürst, Franken
Weingut Horst Sauer, Franken
Weingut Zehnthof-Luckert, Franken
Weingut Clemens Busch, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Clüsserath-Weiler, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Franz-Josef Eifel, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Grans-Fassian, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Markus Molitor, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Josef Rosch, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Selbach-Oster, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Nahe
Weingut Emrich-Schönleber, Nahe
Weingut Knipser, Pfalz
Weingut Koehler-Ruprecht, Pfalz
Weingut Müller-Catoir, Pfalz
Weingut Georg Breuer, Rheingau
Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn, Rheingau
Weingut Josef Leitz, Rheingau
Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau
Weingut Klaus Keller, Rheinhessen
Weingut Wittmann, Rheinhessen.

Two wine estates that are frequently in the Canadian market, Weingut Josef
Leitz and Weingut Geltz-Zilliken were also recognized. Weingut Josef Leitz
in Rüdesheim, Rheingau, was awarded the “best white wine collection of the
year”. The “best red wine collection of the year, went to ” Weingut
Bernhard Huber in Malterdingen, Baden.

Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken in Saarburg, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer was
awarded the “best lusciously sweet wine collection of the year.”

The “rising star of the year” is Weingut Wagner-Stempel in Siefersheim,

Author Eichelmann’s “wine of the year” was awarded to a Riesling Auslese
trocken “R” Kallstadter Saumagen from Weingut Koehler-Ruprecht in Kallstadt,

Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland 2007 (German language only)
14th edition, 882 pages
Euro 29,00
ISBN-13 978-3-88472-717-1
ISBN-10 3-88472-717-6
Christian Verlag, München

Gerhard Eichelmann
Eichelmann Deutschlands Weine 2007 (German language only)
766 pages
Euro 29,90
Mondo Heidelber

Several award winning wineries and their wines recognized in this year’s guide will be participating in the upcoming German Wine Fair in Toronto on Monday, April 2nd.