Champ des Alouettes 2016 — Riesling
A Wine That
is the match made in heaven for a fresh summer salad from the farmers' market and long lazy lunches in the sun. Fresh, zesty and full of life, this is a Riesling that will wake you up and simultaneously quench your thirst. Full of lime zest, pear, jasmine and grapefruit, this is as refreshing as splashing your face with sea water after a long day at the beach. Who needs iced coffee when you can have Champ des Alouettes?
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- Winemaker: Domaine Binner
Where & How?
From Christian's biodynamic Riesling vines planted on granite in the Katzenthal vineyard in Alsace.
The wine was naturally fermented and aged in old foudres on the lees for almost a year. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Christian is a visionary in a region that hasn’t always made it easy for visionaries. He’s a humble, thoughtful character. On arriving at his winery, his simple exclamation of, “thank you for coming and for liking my wines!” is heart-warming. Words of kindness go a long way. His father had been one of the only organic growers in the region, and today this means that his soils have been healthy for decades. Christian himself converted to biodynamic viticulture in 2003. He says,
“Biodynamics gives balance – to feel when plants are more sensitive – or when they’re not. Everything which is alive has a vibration and communicates with other alive beings. Animals, trees, the soil, the people working in the vineyard – they’re all in communication with one another. A machine cannot communicate.”
He creates soulful, expressive wines, both from single vineyards and single varieties, as well as blends, according to how he feels the site will best express itself in the glass. There are no rules here bar one: he always respects the vintage and adapts his vinification practices accordingly to allow the conditions of the year to shine.