2019 Domaine Weinbach Riesling "Schlossberg" Grand Cru, Alsace, France
ABOUT THIS WINE
Grand Cru Schlossberg: on a base of granite rocks, the soils are brown, slightly acidic, pebbly, excellent mineral fertility, shallow depth at the top of the slope, and deeper at the bottom. The Schlossberg’s steep, south-facing slopes ensure exposure to optimal sunshine. The soils are very well-drained and warm up very rapidly. The Schlossberg is particularly favorable for Riesling (which is a late-maturing grape and needs as much sunshine as it can get), producing here a very pure expression of the grape, with remarkable finesse and elegance. This specific Cuvee comes from plots located at the top of the hill (300-350m altitude).
Hand-picked at optimum maturity to reinforce the aromatic expression and body of the wines.
Gently pressed in whole clusters in pneumatic presses, fermentation with indigenous yeasts (element of the terroir, enhances depth and complexity in the wines) in old oak vats.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill, in a setting of vines and roses, the Domaine Weinbach "wine stream", named after the small stream that crosses it, was built in 1612 by the Capuchin monks.
Sold as national property during the French Revolution, the Estate was acquired in 1898 by the Faller brothers who passed it on to their son and nephew Théo. A great figure in the Alsatian vineyard and ardent promoter of its recognition as an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, Théo Faller works for the quality of Alsace wines and the development of their incomparable terroirs and grape varieties. In love with his property, he develops it, enlarges it and embellishes it.
From 1979, his wife Colette and his daughters Catherine and Laurence demonstrated the same passion for the great wines of Alsace and the same unfailing attachment to quality.
Since 2016, Catherine Faller has been running the Domaine with her sons Eddy and Théo.