Domaine Paul Blanck 2015 Riesling, Schlossberg, Alsace Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 13429
Sub Region: Alsace
Appellation/AVA: Alsace Grand Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Schlossberg Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Soil Type: Granite
Elevation: 1,000 feet
The Schlossberg Vineyard: In 1975 Schlossberg was the first vineyard to officially become a Grand cru. The vines are grown on terraces. South facing, its warm granite soils bring an unmistakable freshness to the wines, which are also characterized by a richly floral bouquet very present in the first years, before minerality asserts its presence after 5 to 10 years of aging. The slope lies on the Kaysersberg migmatites and the intruding granite of Thannenkirch, of which the arenaceous character provides very fertile, mineral soil, composed both of coarse sand and clay. The variety of minerals (potassium, magnesium, fluorine, phosphorus) determines the finesse and aromatic complexity of its wines.
Winemaking Notes: The grape'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, resulting in rich aromatics. The wine is then bottled and aged for 2 to 3 further years before being offered for sale.
95 points, Winemag.com "Dried lemon peel and hay flowers make for an inviting nose. On the palate, the vivid brightness of lemon brightens notes of tart apple and the merest touch of earth and stone. This is precise and pure, absolutely dry and magnificent. The freshness is incisive and invigorating. It's another one of those gloriously bright and unapologetically fresh 2015 Rieslings. Clearly a vintage for adults only. The finish is lip-smackingly clean and utterly moreish. Drink 2017-2037."