All wines stored at 55° and 70% humidity
Visiting with Christoph Schaefer seven years ago at his family's cellar at the foot of the wickedly steep Domprobst vineyard of Graach was an unforgettable experience. The wines have long impressed me for their featherweight lightness and mineral spring purity of fruit.
The balance found in the Mosel River Valley wines captivate us at every turn. But for me, those from Willi Schaefer sit in a select category. This is where the Mosel reaches its crescendo.
Schaefer's minute holding of 4.2 hectares almost exclusively focuses on two vineyards in the village of Graach, the Himmelreich and Domprobst—both comprised of Devonian slate soils.
The Himmelreich, in its youth, is the more approachable, fruity, and silky. Lots of citrus and white peach tend to dominate. There's a nimbleness and sense of weightlessness to Himmelreich that personifies the magic of the Mosel.