Open, dry and gourmand
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Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
The Kirchberg hill at Ribeauvillé. Classified as Grand Cru by a ruling of 1975, the wines of these vineyards have been recognized as exceptional for many years. According to Médard Barth, the famous historian of the Alsace vineyards, the wine land was first mentioned in 1328. Today, the specialists confirm that the Kirchberg Grand Cru belongs to the elite of the Alsatian Grands Crus.
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 colored sandstone and gypsum marl from the middle Muschelkalk. At an altitude of 270 to 350 meters, the vineyard's soil is rich in clay and often very stony. Our plots of Riesling are in the historical heart of the Grand Cru on the steep Southern slope. The stony core of the soil lies fifty centimeters below the surface. This forces the roots of the old vines (average age of 30 years) to penetrate deeply.
Started in 2005, our conversion to organic production took a concrete form three years later in 2008 with the ECOCERT certification. Since 2012, all the cellar operations are also covered by the European specification so that we can now speak about organic wines.
Again a sunny vintage on the Grand Cru Kirchberg with a wine that reflects perfectly these solar conditions. On the nose, the immediate perception traduces the nice maturity of the grapes. Racy on the palate, straight and dry wine with hints of flinty flavors. By its construction it might age well over the years.
Will be a perfect pairing with all the dishes calling for a dry aromatic white wine: Sea food, crustaceans, river fishes, fishes with sauce, scallops, with meat but also mild cheese and gat cheese. It can go with a whole meal.
Can be enjoyed today on its secondary flavors. A couple of years more of bottle ageing will allow it to develop the full complexity of the Kirchberg. Knowing the structure of the Kirchberg wines, this wine will easily face the years.
Contrasty: The weather conditions of the vintage were diverse and even extreme. Between January and July, Ribeauvillé got close to 500 mm rainfall, the equivalent quantity of a whole year. The vines started to grow relatively late, but the flowering took place rapidly. The summer was warm and dry. The few rainfalls came at the right moments with the perfect quantities.
The harvests started early under good conditions and allowed us to pick grapes with very nice maturity levels and in perfect shape. It was therefore possible to wait for the formation of Noble Rot and to elaborate nice Late Harvests (Vendanges Tardives) and Noble Rot Selections (Sélections de Grains Nobles).
An exceptional vintage where we went through worries during the drought to deep satisfaction during the harvests.
The 2018 wines are powerful and pleasant.