Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Established in 1680, today Pierre Sparr remains focused on producing quality wines, a pure expression of Alsace, which is aromatic, fruity, elegant, clean, and vibrant. Pierre Sparr wines are food-friendly and accessible for everyday consumption.

      WINE: Coming from just three rows that Maison Pierre Sparr owns in the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru, this coveted wine is handled with extreme care throughout the growing season and in the cellar.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard stretches across a rather steep south and southeast-facing hillside between the villages of Riquewihr and Zellenberg, covering a total area of 53.4 hectares (132 acres), at an altitude of 265 to 380 meters (869 to 1,246 feet). Schoenenbourg vineyard has been renowned since the 16th century and Pierre Sparr’s offering is 100% estate grown.

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Alsace
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: 35 years
    • Soil: Keuper, marl, dolomite and gypsum, overlaid with fine layers of Vosges sandstone, siliceous gravel and Muschelkalk (fossil shells)
    • Exposure: South/Southwest
    • Density: 4,000 feet per hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2020 vintage was ideal. The spring was dry and warm. June was rainy and it gave the vineyard enough water to keep on growing without a high stress. The harvest was early, but thanks to cool nights, we preserved the typical aromas in the wines.

  • Vinification

    • Traditional, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel, no malolactic fermentation.

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

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5.06 g/L
    • p H: 3.16
    • RS: 13.63 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • 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.



  • Schoenenbourg Riesling, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2020 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points

    "Richly styled and round, with ripe melon, green plum and star fruit flavors. Mouthcoating, but not heavy, with citrus and floral notes cruising alongside a vein of minerality and bitter almond elements. Full-bodied and long, with a zesty finish."