Rosacker is a stunning site and a stunning wine. Fragrant and lifted, delicate, complex and evolving in the glass. The vines are 60 years or older and they certainly show the density and nuances that truly old vines offer. Interestingly this is the same vineyard that houses the famous Trimbach Clos St Hune site, which is famously considered the best site on earth for Riesling. For best result look at this wine after 15 years. But out of magnum, this will last forever. Pair it with scallops with aromatic herbs.
One of the few producers who consistently offers great value Alsatian wines that are also great drinking. This is a tighter and more structured style than most Alsace Rieslings. Will flesh out and develop with time in the bottle though. They have 9 hectare of vines and including two great Grand Cru sites: Rosacker and Schlossberg.
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 for the quality but the production quantities mean 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. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. 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.