Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru — 2019
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.
- Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
- Location: Vosges hillside, south/southeast exposure
- 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)
- Harvest Date(s): Third week of October, set by decree for each AOC
- Yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.7 tons per acre)
Traditional, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic.
- Aging: Stainless-steel tanks, wine on fine lees for 8 to 10 months
- Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- TA: 5.46 g/L
- RS: 11.4 g/L
Nice golden color. Very expressive and complex nose. Large range of fruity and floral notes, elegant and full of promise. Citrus fruits and white flowers and a hint of minerality are revealing the limestone soil of this wonderful terroir.
On the palate, the fresh structure of the Riesling is balanced by its body, dense and straight. A hint of sweetness reinforces this full-bodied and full-flavored side typical for a Grand Cru.
Its future and potential are drawn well. It is a gastronomic wine which can be drunk young and will open up coming years.
- Serving Suggestions: Shellfish, seared scallops, roast poultry or with a lemon meringue pie.