Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2013
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
Alcoholic fermentation under temperature control; lees contact for 8 to 10 months; light filtration.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
- Alcohol: 12%
Riesling, Schoenenbourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2013 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast
"Mellow perfumes of peach and apple combine for a seductive intro. The palate adds a soft but spicy zestiness that makes the fruit flavors sing … huge charm and balance, backed by structure and firmness. ...The finish is dry and full of apple notes."