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 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.
“One of the most talented Winemakers in Alsace.” The Wines of Alsace by Tom Stevenson.
Currently a French territory after coming under German rule twice during the wars 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. For instance, 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 but there are still many bargains to be had.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. In Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia you’ll find wonderful examples. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.