Limestone (Calcaire) is an important formation in Alsace and is located on the foothills of the Vosges mountains. Different geological eras can be found in Alsace, and usually, the oldest types have less free lime and the opposite for the younger soils. This wine is mostly made from vineyards planted by my father in the 60s and 70s around the village of Gueberschwihr (home of the Humbrecht family). They are located on rich young limestone, quite deep soils that take longer to warm up, giving a late ripening cycle to the grapes. Limestone soils make broad wines with firm acidity. This is a very consistent wine made from vineyards that perform very well in warm years. The fermentation is always slower and so is the evolution in bottle.

94 Points
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2018 vintage
93 Points
2018 vintage
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
Taut and energetic presence with bright citrus skin nuances, subtle floral notes, and a firm foundation of wet stone essence.
Food Pairing
Ideal with sauteed or roasted fish, scallops and lobster.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Riesling
APPELLATION: Alsace AOC
PH: 3.07
ACIDITY: 4.38
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.7 g/l
Unique Selling Points
  • Essentially a 2nd wine from young vines in the Clos Windsbuhl "calcaire" terroir
  • Roche wines are an attractive entry into the very specific terroir-driven sites
  • Riesling from calcaire subsoils delivers an incisive and precise expression

About the Grape

Riesling
Riesling shows sublime, refined, vibrant aromas and flavors of peaches, apricots and white fruit, with floral and citrus blossom notes. May show slate, earth, tar, smoke or kerosene notes.
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