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Kientzler Riesling "Schoenenbourg," Grand Cru '18


Kientzler Riesling "Schoenenbourg," Grand Cru '18

It is no secret that Riesling is one of the greatest varieties we have in the wine world. The fruit, the acidity, the minerality and layers of complexity - we could make a compelling argument of why it is the most "perfect" wine in the world.

While Germany takes most of the spotlight for production of this noble variety, Alsace in northeast France is its equal. In Alsace, the best vineyard sites have been "known" for many years. Modern Alsace and its appellation control gave many of these historic vineyards the moniker of "Grand Cru." Like most wine, the producer and the quality of their farming practices are of utmost importance. We have all had wines coming from a "Grand Cru" that weren't deserving of the status.

Domaine Kientzler has earned every accolade they have been awarded, and their incredible portfolio of wines includes four Grand Cru sites: Kirchberg, Osterberg, Geisberg and Schoenenbourg.

This wine comes from the great Grand Cru of Schoenenbourg located outside the village of Riquewihr. A historic vineyard, the philosopher Volatire owned a parcel in the vineyard. It is located high into the hill on the north side of the village, its vineyards sit between 265 and 380 meters high. The soil is a mixture of clay, marl and gypsum.

The Kientzler Schoenenbourg is an exceptional wine. Their parcel of Schoenenbourg has an average vine age of 60 years. Like all of the Kientzler wines, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Beautiful aromatics of grapefruit skin, jasmine and a flinty minerality. This has the richness that one would expect of a great Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace, yet the wine never feels overtly rich, as the acidity works as a perfect counterbalance. This wine is absolutely delicious now, and you can enjoy it in its youth for the fruit.




Producer Domaine Kientzler
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Riesling


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