Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru — 2018

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  • Introduction

    • This wine is 100 percent estate-grown. The Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard stretches across a steep south- and southeast-facing hillside between the villages of Riquewihr and Zellenberg, at an altitude of 265 to 380 meters. As part of the Ribeauville Fault Bundle in the sub-Vosgian Hills,the subsoil consists of water-retaining marl, dolomite and gypsum, overlaid with fine layers of Vosges sandstone, siliceous gravel and Muschelkalk (consisting of a sequence of limestone and dolostone beds with fossil shells, formed 240 million years ago in the Middle Triassic.) Schoenenbourg vineyard has been renowned since the 16th century.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Vosges hillside, south/southeast exposure
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting
    • Size: 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres)
    • Vine Age: 36 years
    • Soil: Water-retaining Keuper, marl, dolomite and gypsum, overlaid with fine layers of Vosges sandstone, siliceous gravel and Muschelkalk (fossil shells)
    • Elevation: 265 to 380 meters / 870 to 1,246 feet
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest dates are set to achieve the best sugar-to-acid ratio, generally 100 days after the median date of flowering. Copious rain marked the start of the 2018 vintage followed by a hot late summer and early fall, which resulted in full-flavored, generous wine.

    • Harvest Date(s): Third week of October, set by decree for each AOC
    • Yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.7 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Traditional, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic.

    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks, wine on fine lees for 8 to 10 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5.5 g/L
    • RS: 8.2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright yellow hue, with aromas of lemon zest, pear, lime blossom and flint. The full minerality appears in the palate, framed by a fresh citrus and a dynamic racy body. The long mineral/aromatic finish indicates the age of these vines. This charismatic Alsatian Riesling still has many years to develop its full potential.



  • Pierre Sparr Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru — 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

    Both subtlety and ripe richness are conveyed with the mellow apple, hayflower and lemon aromas of this wine. The palate comes in with 2018's mellow ripeness but presents a bundled, textured midpalate that shows off the ripe freshness and dry excellence of Riesling, all in a buffered and harmonious package.