Vieilles Vignes 2018 — Riesling
A Wine That
punches well above its weight; some portions of grand cru Riesling made it into this cuvée. It's a wine with mineral crunch and such purity that you'll marvel at how grapes can produce something so un-grapelike. After drinking this, you'll be reaching for more Riesling, thinking, why am I not drinking more of this!?
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- Winemaker: Domaine Rieffel
Where and How?
This wine is made from bunches of Riesling from old vines (up to 60 years old!), which are gently whole-bunch pressed for between eight and ten hours. Malolactic fermentation occurs, and ageing takes place on fine lees.
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.”