Riesling Roche Granitique 2018

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Riesling Roche Granitique 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: France / Alsace / Vins D'Alsace
Grapes: 100% Riesling

This ‘new’ wine label complements now the ‘roches’ series. As its name indicates it, all the vineyards are located on the poor granitic soils of the Brand hillside. It is in fact the second wine of the Grand Cru Brand. It is a very interesting experience to compare the three Rieslings side by side (Granite, Calcaire, Volcanic) in order to understand the influence of soil origin on the nature of the wine. These precocious and warm granitic soils produce wines that have a vertical structure, always expressive at a young age and never shy on their aromatic potential. These were the first Rieslings harvested but the fermentation took a year to complete.

94 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2018 vintage
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harvest note

The weather patterns were unusual yet resulted in a fine high-quality crop in most locations. The winter was extremely cold, and total rainfall for January through July was more than twice the normal amount. This replenished the soil moisture while the vines growth cycle was largely undisturbed. The summer months brought more stable, warm and dry conditions. Harvest proceeded over a two-month period, which allowed a precise approach to each terroir.

tasting note

This is fresh and floral with firm stony elements overlaid with citrus fruit and an almost creamy presence on the palate.

food pairing

A perfect white with all seafood, either simply prepared or with complex sauces.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Riesling
APPELLATION: Vin d'Alsace
PH: 3.13
ACIDITY: 3.84 g/L
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.2 g/L

points of distinction

  • Roche Granitique offers an introduction to the complex wines of the Brand Grand Cru
  • This is a wine approachable in it's youth yet will age easily for 6 - 8 years
  • An elegant expression of the granite Riesling versus limestone Riesling
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Good wine is made by people who actually do everything they say they are doing.

– Olivier Humbrecht M.W., Winemaker

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