The Blanck family has been established in Alsace since the late 16th century and in the wine business in Kientzheim since the early 19th. Their wines are a rarity in Alsace in the way that they offer supreme quality, great ability to age and good value. In particular their work with Riesling is outstanding but they make a Pinot Blanc that is just too good to be from the variety.
The terraced vineyard of Schlossberg is famous for its delicate yet abundant flavours. The nuanced and layered nose on this wine is worth the price of a bottle and would convince many a person that white wines can be great. The first taste reminded me of the lovely wines of my fav Chablis producer Francois Raveneau: Tropical, floral, white flowers in particular, white stones, intensely mineral, zingy citrus, fine palate, amazing length of flavour and just enough richness to keep you wanting another sip/glass/bottle. The balance and precision of this wine points to a very long life in your cellar and yet its attractiveness now points to an all too soon emptied six pack box and some remorseful but fond memories.
Riesling – 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.
Alsace – 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.