Founded in 1854, this is one of the purest and most elegant styles of Alsace Riesling, and it's countless international awards show testament to this. The terroir is a complex labyrinth of rocks, and the result is a mineral-driven wine with well-integrated acidity and white fruit notes.
Made by: Domaine Josmeyer
Match it with: Shellfish dishes
Terroir: When leaving the Munster valley, overlooking and corbelling the town of Turckheim, this Grand Cru boasts intense sunshine. Located on the Ribeauvillé fault mosaic, facing south and south-east, it extends up to an altitude of 380 meters. Brand is a complex labyrinth of rocks laying on a granite substrate, rocks composed of quartz, feldspar and mica, providing sandy and coarse soil. Turckheim granite has remarkable homogeneity and is made-up of two variably-small mica layers. This subsoil type has heating-effects on the roots, which enhances the good ripening of grapes and malic acid combustion. It also creates a microclimate from the heat stored on the surface by its small rocks. In the central part of the Grand Cru, granite rock is topped with a layer of arena 5 to 8 meters thick, allowing the root system to grow very deep. The soil is acid, limestone-free with not much clay. It is very poor in loam and is mostly composed of sand.
Age of the vines: 60 years old
Vinification: The grapes were handpicked // whole-bunch pressed very slowly and gently in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours // natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts // aged in stainless steel or big oak barrel depending on the vintage.
- France, Alsace
- Domaine Josmeyer
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve