Awarded 98 points and Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2021 edition panel tasting of Alsace Grand Cru Riesling (see blue link below for the review).
Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Schlossberg Grand Cru 2019 - November 2021 Decanter review
See here for our video tasting of this exquisite wine (coupled with one of/for its more-affordable brother).
Awarded 18 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Jancis Robinson MW - in February 2021 (see blue link below).
Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Schlossberg Grand Cru 2019 - jancisrobinson.com February 2021 review
At the foot of the majestic hill going by the name of Schlossberg, surrounded by vines and roses, lies Domaine Weinbach. Named after the little stream which runs through the property, and planted with vines since the 9th century, it was established as a winery in 1612 by Capuchin monks. These vineyards, to this day surrounded by ancient walls, are specifically named Clos des Capucins. In addition to this, the estate’s history is well remembered through the image of a monk which fittingly adorns our labels. After being sold as national property during the French revolution, it was acquired by the Faller brothers in 1898 who then left it to their son and nephew, Théo. Théo Faller was a prominent figure in Alsace winegrowing and an ardent defender of quality wine production. He developed, expanded and enhanced Domaine Weinbach. In 1979, Colette Faller - Théo’s wife-, together with her daughters Catherine and Laurence and their team pursued the family’s passion for the great wines of Alsace and its unrelenting commitment to delivering excellence. Since 2015, Catherine has lead the estate winery with her sons, Eddy and Théo. The main goal is to extol both the individuality of the terroirs and the unique personalities of Alsatian grape varieties; but also, to produce wines which reveal remarkable intensity and concentration, finesse, elegance, balance, and above all, retain the purity of the fruit.
Viticulture has been organic for many years but a conversion to biodynamics culminated in certification for the 2006 vintage onwards.
On this domaine, the Riesling is grown on granite bedrock with shallow, sandy soil. Its south-facing aspect enables the perfect sun-exposure for grape ripening and sugar accretion. The fruit is fermented in old oak casks using indigenous yeasts, before maturation in barrels.
For more detail on this, one of ther very top wines, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Schlossberg Grand Cru 2019 - fiche technique
For a 2019 vintage report from Weinbach, see the blue link below.
Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Schlossberg Grand Cru 2019 - vintage report
Residual sugar = 3.67g/litre (so, with the high acidity, this is a dry wine).
This Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling has a beautiful golden colour, exuding notes of white-fleshed fruits and white flowers on the nose whilst the palate is strikingly mineral, offering a fresh long finish. This cuvée pairs beautifully with seafood dishes.