Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • This wine is 100 percent estate-grown by Pierre Sparr. The Schoenenbourg Grand Cru vineyard stretches across a rather steep south- and southeast-facing hillside between the villages of Riquewihr and Zellenberg, covering a total area of 53.4 hectares (132 acres), at an altitude of 265 to 380 meters (869 to 1,246 feet). As part of the Ribeauville Fault Bundle in the sub-Vosgian Hills,the subsoil consists of water-retaining marl, dolomite and gypsum, overlaid with fine layers of Vosges sandstone, siliceous gravel and Muschelkalk (consisting of a sequence of limestone and dolostone beds with fossil shells, formed 240 million years ago in the Middle Triassic.) Schoenenbourg has been renowned since the 16th century; the suffix “bourg” indicates a previously walled town. It is recorded that Voltaire owned several vineyards here.

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Vosges hillside
    • Size: 1.55 hectares (3.83 acres)
    • Vine Age: 33 years
    • Soil: Limestone, fossil shells, chalk, sandstone, gravel, clay and marl
    • Elevation: 265 to 380 meters (870 to 1,246 feet)
    • Exposure: South/southeast
  • Vintage Report

    • Dates for the beginning of harvest for each AOC are set by decree, generally 100 days after the median date of flowering, at the time when the grapes display the best sugar-to-acid ratio. The 2011 harvest took place under the best possible conditions.

    • Harvest Date(s): Third week of October
    • Yields: 50 hectoliters/hectare (3.7 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic
    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 6.7g/L
    • RS: 13.1g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Bright yellow hue, with fruity aromas of lemon peel, a touch of apple, licorice and minerals. The delicate note of flint is accompanied by hints of butter and lime blossoms. With aeration, aromas of papaya and pineapple arise; however, the full minerality appears in the palate, framed by a fresh lemony acid and a dynamic racy body. The long mineral/aromatic aftertaste indicates the age of these vines, forming the perfect finish for a charismatic Alsatian Riesling, which still has many years to develop its full potential.

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Reviews

  • Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – 94 points – The Planet Grape Wine Review

    "This nearly dry Riesling is rich, intense, racy and expressive with notes of lemon curd, red delicious apple, mango and crushed seashell."

  • Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – Reflections on Wine

    “Lovely aromas of apricot and yellow peach with hints of petrol. Medium-bodied with good concentration; excellent balance, good acidity, and very good varietal character … it is well made and very satisfying.”

  • Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – Wine Review: Alsace a refuge in France-Germany border war – Springfield Business Journal

    "The wine is elegant and regal with a delicate, spicy fruit aroma centered on apricot, cherry with honey and candied lemon in the background. The flavor effectively mirrors the aroma with even more intensity."

  • Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – 91 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    "This bone-dry wine is beautifully perfumed, rich and full bodied. Its ripe texture is cut through with floral, apple and mineral characters that all contribute to the complexity of this concentrated wine."

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