In Alsace you will meet unmatched serenity, beauty, hospitality and, not the least, some of the World's best white wines. Alsace-Wine.net is your guide to wine touring in Alsace by foot, by bike and by car.
Alsace offers charming wines of great quality and unmatched diversity. In the medieval Alsatian villages with their narrow, cobblestone alleys you will meet dedicated producers on terroirs tended by their forefathers since generations.
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The flowering in the spring 2013 was very late, and the harvest will also be late, despite a hot summer. The harvest started in late September and it seems to be a top-notch vintage, in the style of 2008. We can look forward to wines with moderate alcohol content, firm acidity and complex aromas.
2009 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg, Jean-Marc och Frédéric Bernhard All vintages of Alsace are very different. The reason for the variations are obviously the weather, but mainly that quality producers do not manipulate their wines. If you harvest early, use standardized yeast, adjust the wine with acid or base, and use lots of sulfur the wines come out alike - and equally boring - year after year. 2009 vintage yielded wines that initially lacked elegance and had some bitterness. After 5 years, they have "come home" and finally developed a fine balance, even if the style will never be classic. But good.
2009 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg from Jean-Marc et Frédéric Bernhard in Katzenthal has a golden color. The aroma is rich and saturated with coffee, arrack, orange, ripe pineapple and peach puree. The palate is medium-bodied, powerful, somewhat hot and rich with sandy roughness, good acidity and very good balance. A wine with a substantial volume that manages to maintain its' equilibrium. Price: € 13.
Major updates have been made for the producers Schaetzel, Mader, Rolly-Gassmann and Schoffit, as well as the villages Orschwihr and Riquewihr.