Domaine Paul Blanck 2016 Riesling, Furstentum, Alsace Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 12861
Sub Region: Alsace
Appellation/AVA: Alsace Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Furstentum
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Stony, calcareous bedrock
The Furstentum Vineyard: The Furstentum vineyard is composed of calcareous soil consisting of a pebbly structure. The vineyard is south-facing and sloping, providing exposure to the sun and resulting in a unique Mediterranean-like flora. This terroir produces full-bodied, age worthy wines with complex and powerful aromatics.
Winemaking Notes: The Riesling's juice was extracted with care in an air-bag press. Slow, gentle pressing avoided the crushing of stalks and pips. Fermentation occurred spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. The wine was aged on lees in large oak barrels for 12 months, contributing to the richness of the wine. Oxygen passing through the porous wood resulted in a gentle oxidization, creating rich aromatics. The wine is then bottled and aged for 2 to 3 further years before being offered for sale.
Tasting Notes: While in it's youth, drink this Riesling as an aperitif or with starters, terrines, fish, or typical Alsacian dishes like sauerkraut or hot-pot. In the years to come, it will be a perfect match for warm sea-perch mousseline or delicately-flavored fish, and eventually for grilled fish.