Andre Kientzler Alsace Riesling offers classic lime and citrus zest aromas. It is backed by discreet minerality with a fine line of acidity running through to the end of the palate. Andre Kientzler Alsace Riesling is wonderfully pure and intense for this level. Fine precise and beautifully balanced.
At 7 years of age Andre Kientzler Alsace Riesling has just entered its drinking window. In another 5 or so years, you’ll see the true class of the wine.
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Andre Kientzler Alsace is a small family-run estate consisting of just 12 hectares of vines, of which 3.7 hectares are classified Grand Cru. Riesling and Gewürztraminer make up about half of the family’s vineyards. The Andre Kientzler Alsace family vineyards centre around the three Grand Cru’s which border the village of Ribeauville. ‘Geisberg’ is the smallest of the three facing full south, ‘Kirchberg’ is slightly larger with a warmer south-west facing aspect, and ‘Osterberg’, the largest of the Ribeauville Grand Cru’s which faces east-south-east. The average age of the vines here is about 40 years.
Praise for Andre Kientzler Alsace
“One of the most talented Winemakers in Alsace.” The Wines of Alsace by Tom Stevenson.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety of quality wine production. Although it only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find superb Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
Currently, a French territory after coming under German rule twice during the wars. Therefore, the Alsatians tend to think of themselves as being from Alsace first. Their language, culture and wines are all somewhat removed from the rest of the world.
When it comes to aromatic whites no one can compare. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris to name but a few all excel in this cold border region. Some wines can be expensive for the quality but the production quantities mean there are still many bargains to be had.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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