Domaine Weinbach - Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2021
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill surrounded by vines and roses, lies Domaine Weinbach. Named after the little stream which runs through the property, and planted with vines since the 9th century, it was established as a winery in 1612 by Capuchin friars. After being sold as national property during the French Revolution, it was acquired by the Faller brothers in 1898 who then left it to their son and nephew, Théo.
Théo Faller was a prominent figure in Alsace winegrowing and an ardent defender of quality wine production. After his death in 1979, his wife Colette, his daughters Catherine and Laurence, and their team continued the family’s passion for the great wines of Alsace and its unrelenting commitment to excellence. Since 2016, Catherine has led the estate winery with her sons, Eddy and Théo. Employing both organic and biodynamic practices, Domaine Weinbach produces an exquisite range of wines: estate varietal wines including Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc, single vineyard wines that express the diversity of the terroir, and luscious yet balanced vendanges tardives and selections de grains nobles wines.
Grand Cru Schlossberg: on a base of granite rocks, the soils are brown, slightly acidic, pebbly, excellent mineral fertility, shallow depth at the top of the slope, and deeper at the bottom. The Schlossberg’s steep, south-facing slopes ensure exposure to optimal sunshine. The soils are very well-drained and warm up very rapidly. The Schlossberg is particularly favorable for Riesling (which is a late-maturing grape and needs as much sunshine as it can get), producing here a very pure expression of the grape, with remarkable finesse and elegance. This specific Cuvee comes from plots located at the top of the hill (300-350m altitude).
Farming is organic and biodynamic (certified by Ecocert & Demeter). Gently pressed in whole clusters in pneumatic presses, fermentation with indigenous yeasts (element of the terroir, enhances depth and complexity in the wines) in old oak vats.
Grand Cru Schlossberg offers a delicate nose of fresh orchard fruit and lights floral notes with a touch of beeswax. The granite of the terroir can be felt through a crisp and vivid acidity. The palate is light-bodied, balanced with a slight minerality for a lasting finish.
Perfect accompaniments are seafood and white fish dishes such as pan-fried lemon Sole fillets, grilled Red Snapper with thyme. Try with Sushi. Also a perfect pair to goat cheeses.
"The bouquet of this great dry riesling is like an essence of golden stone fruits, yet it remains delicate and charming. Stunning concentration and brilliance on the very focused medium-bodied palate. After the first wave of peachy and apricot character comes another of blood orange and Amalfi lemon. So much wet stony minerality! From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drink or hold." - 96 points, James Suckling
Producer: Domaine Weinbach
Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru
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