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Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé 2008, Riesling

Fruity, dense, salty and long on the palate

Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2011 score : 16.5/20
Guide de la Revue du Vin de France 2011 score : 16/20
TAST score : 16/20

Grape variety Riesling
Range Grands Crus
Vintage 2008
Wine character Very dry


Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé


The Kirchberg hill at Ribeauvillé. Classified as Grand Cru by a ruling of 1975, the produce of this land has been recognised as exceptional for very many years. According to Médard Barth, the famous historian of the Alsace vineyards, the wine land was first mentioned in 1328.

Type of soil:

This hill benefits from a South and South East facing positioning which, in conjunction with a very steep slope, confers it an excellent level of sunlight during the fruit's maturing period. The substratum at the foot of the hill is composed of dolomitic marl from the triassic period and dolomite from the lower Muschelkalk. Higher up it is composed of brightly coloured sandstone and gypsum marl from the middle Muschelkalk. At an altitude of 270 to 350 metres, the vineyard's soil is rich in clay and often very stony. Our plots of Riesling are partly situated on the steep Southern slope, and partly in the central plateau. The stony core of the soil lies fifty centimetres below the surface. This forces the roots of the old vines (average age of 30 years) to penetrate deeply.

Certified organic grapes

Started in 2005, our conversion to organic production took a concrete form three years later with the ECOCERT specification. 2008 is our first vintage that guarantees to the consumer wines coming exclusively from grapes in organic farming. Why did we move to organic farming?

Wine character:

This Riesling is still very young for a Kirchberg. Its nose is delicately showing citrus flavours combined with hints of spices typical from this Grand Cru. On the palate this Kirchberg is fruity, dense and salty, and ample and fresh. This freshness is very typical from this vintage as it was for the vintage 1996. It will give the wine a very good ageing potential

Tips for consuming:

Will accompany any dish which goes well with a great white wine which is both dry and ample: shellfish and crustaceans, fish in sauce, white meat. It will also work well throughout an entire meal.
May be drunk immediately, but will benefit from maturing in the bottle so as to develop its full bouquet and those hints of minerals which are typical of a great Riesling Kirchberg.

The 2008 vintage

The 2008 vintage followed a long and cold winter that lasted until April and leaded to a late bud burst late April, ten days later than in a normal year. This delay has been partly recovered thanks to a month of May particularly hot, especially during the nights. The humid and fresh flowering conditions spreaded the blooming over a long period. This was not without consequences on the dates of the grape picking. During summer time hot and humid periods leaded to locally heavy thunderstorms. August brought fresh temperatures that allowed a good preservation of the acidity in the grapes. This was especially the case for the noble acidity, the tartaric acid. Finally, the slow maturing process combined with relatively fresh temperature conditions induced the formation of fine varietal flavors combined with well balanced acidities. The grape picking period took place under fresh and windy conditions which preserved the good sanitary condition of the grapes but also their acidity. Each plot of land has been picked at its optimal maturity with the consequence of a very long harvesting period. The wines from this vintage are typical, elegant, fresh and fruity.


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