Granite 2018 — Pinot Blanc
A Wine That
makes you wanna find an ice bucket and take this with you to the bathtub. Refreshing and stoney, this is the vinous equivalent of drinking water from a fresh spring, with a little twist of basil and fresh lime. It's a wine for resetting and invigorating the mind.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Rieffel
Where and How?
This wine comes Pinot Blanc vines which are between 38 and 63 years old, and located on granite rich soils behind the Grand Cru Kastelberg in Andlau. Whole bunches are pressed gently for 12 hours. None of the lees are filtered out or fined - simply left to sink in its own time to the bottom of the old Burgundy barrels in which the juice is aged. Malolactic fermentation then works its magic for 15 months in these barrels, after which bottling takes place without sulfites, fining or filtering.
Here in Mittelbergheim, Alsace – just a dozen miles from the German border – Lucas Rieffel is farming and making wines of the future. These are not your typical charming-but-old-school Alsatian wines; rather they are emotive, jolting wines that show an entirely new face of Alsace. It’s like seeing an old friend with an entirely new look. Sylvaner – far too often the underdog – takes its deserved place as Ace of Spades in this hand.
What’s more, the humble Crémant produced here might be the quiet one at a table sat next to its Champenois counterparts, but if there’s one worth betting on for pure drinkability and deliciousness–this is it.
Why? The answer is much simpler than you might think. In Lucas’ words:
“I’d rather be a farmer than a commercial director.”