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iedricher Auslese Th e R o b e r t w e i l w i n e e s t a t e a s s e e n i n t h e h i s t o r y o f g e r m a n a n d rh e i n gau W i n e s that of the Kiedrich winegrower Dr. Robert Weil. As the survivThe festive banquet held on the 12th of May 1918 to which Wiling menu shows, the only wine the two monarchs had with their helm II, King of Prussia and Emperor of Germany, invited the food was that from the cellars of Dr. Weil himself. The wine in then barely thirty year old Emperor Karl I Franz Joseph of Ausquestion was the “Kiedricher Auslese” of the1911 vintage. tria, was anything but a casual gentlemen’s evening. Almost four It would not have been necessary for Wilhelm to explain years had passed since the assassination of crown prince Franz-­ to his guest from Vienna that those times Ferdinand in Sarajevo and the outbreak of when German emperors would have Chamthe war, which to this day is referred to as the pagne for their breakfasts and luncheons “Grand Guerre” by the French. It was widely and fine Bordeaux as an accompaniment known amongst all warring parties that Karl with meat dishes were over. Perhaps a muwas experiencing doubts as to whether the tual agreement was also reached about the Central Powers would be able to claim vicwines of Dr. Weil, without the need for tory in the demoralizing war against the Enmuch discussion. Even more than German tente. Therefore, it was even more important pride in their wines from the Rhine region for the German emperor to swear the young and of the world-renowned reputation of Austrian to the mutual cause, especially ­after the “Crescenzen” produced solely from the separate peace with Russia and before Riesling grapes harvested on the banks of any potentially crucial battles on the western the “holy waters of the Rhine” the Auslese front. wine from Kiedrich symbolised the bond Sharing exquisite food, the two monbetween the two ­dynasties, which dated archs met for the last time in European hisback to bygone times of peace. tory for a Two-Emperor-summit in the glamSince Wilhelm II had tasted a Kiedorous Belgian spa town of Spa, which had richer Auslese from the vineyard of Dr. recently become the military headquarters for The wine drunk by the monarchs Robert Weil in 1900 on one of his regular the Central Powers. That evening’s menu has was from the Dr. Robert Weil wine visits to “his” town of Wiesbaden, imperial survived to this day. It has found its way to estate: a Kiedricher Auslese 1911. meals had become unthinkable without this the Rheingau region, or to be precise to the very wine. Moreover, many courts visited by vineyard in Kiedrich, (by which circuitous the German Emperor in subsequent years thought it their courtly path we don’t know) and for a very good reason. The name that duty to serve Wilhelm his favourite wine: initially this would surely would have been mentioned during the banquet itself was

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Riesling - Robert Weil  

This book covers the complex topic of Riesling through the fine example of the top German wine estate Robert Weil. For the last twenty years...

Riesling - Robert Weil  

This book covers the complex topic of Riesling through the fine example of the top German wine estate Robert Weil. For the last twenty years...

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