Wiebelsberg Grand Cru 2016 — Riesling
A Wine That
makes you feel like you're walking through an alpine flower meadow. This smells like a fresh bunch of spring flowers, and tastes like lemon-basil sorbet. It's a peaceful wine; one you want to drink on a quiet summer's night, under the stars with Clair de Lune on the speakers.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Rieffel
Where and How?
This is organically farmed Riesling from the revered grand cru of Wiebelsberg; from the Rieffel's 50-year-old vines planted on steep sandstone slopes with plenty of sunlight.
The grapes were harvested ripe, and pressed on a slow press cycle of at least six hours to guarantee the extraction of the flavours from the skins. The wine was then fermented naturally and aged for 20 months in foudres. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with very low sulphur.
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.
Lucas is a warm, welcoming, quiet guy, who has become known for being a pioneer of natural wine in the area, but he has never done so to chase a trend or to create a certain style; rather it was a gut feeling and a desire to best protect and prolong the lifespan of his already-old vines.
Why? The answer is much simpler than you might think. In Lucas’ words: