Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
The Kirchberg hill at Ribeauvillé. Classified as Grand Cru by a ruling of 1975, the produce of this land has been recognised as exceptional for very many years. According to Médard Barth, the famous historian of the Alsace vineyards, the wine land was first mentioned in 1328.
Type of soil:
This hill benefits from a South and South East facing positioning which, in conjunction with a very steep slope, confers it an excellent level of sunlight during the fruit's maturing period. The substratum at the foot of the hill is composed of dolomitic marl from the triassic period and dolomite from the lower Muschelkalk. Higher up it is composed of brightly coloured sandstone and gypsum marl from the middle Muschelkalk. At an altitude of 270 to 350 metres, the vineyard's soil is rich in clay and often very stony. Our plots of Riesling are partly situated on the steep Southern slope, and partly in the central plateau. The stony core of the soil lies fifty centimetres below the surface. This forces the roots of the old vines (average age of 30 years) to penetrate deeply.
Certified organic grapes for a reinforced terroir expression
Started in 2005, our conversion to organic production took a concrete form three years later with the ECOCERT specification. 2010 is our third vintage that guarantees to the consumer wines coming exclusively from grapes in organic farming. Why did we move to organic farming?
This Riesling is still very young for a Kirchberg. Its nose is very open and expressive with hints of ripe fruits combined with a spicy minerality typical from this Grand Cru. On the palate this Kirchberg is fruity and tense and presents a nice balance. Dry but not harsh, ample but not heavy, this wine is racy with volume salinity and great length.
Tips for consuming:
Will accompany any dish which goes well with a great white wine which is both dry and ample: shellfish and crustaceans, fish in sauce, white meat. It will also work well throughout an entire meal.
May be drunk immediately, but will benefit from maturing in the bottle so as to develop its full bouquet and those hints of minerals which are typical of a great Riesling Kirchberg.
2010 a vintage like no other
Despite tough climate conditions during spring and summer we are satisfied by the quality of the grapes that have been harvested. The wines show high levels of freshness and typical expressions. Unfortunately the yields were very low, the lowest since…1985 !
At the end of 2009 extreme temperatures going down to -20°C have been recorded in our region. Young vineyards suffered a lot, especially the Gewurztraminer. Logically, the growing cycle started with a delay of 3 weeks when compared to a normal year. Fresh and rainy conditions followed beginning of May. At the end of this month, high temperatures allowed the vines to recover a part of the delay. The flowering took place around the 20th of June. It was difficult because of the frost we had in winter. Bad weather conditions with low temperatures and rain in some parts of the vineyard did not help either. In July the hot days allowed to accelerate the maturing process with low risks of development of diseases in the vineyard. As the harvest period approached the controls on the grapes confirmed the good progression of the maturing process but also the high levels of acidity present in the berries. In addition, the consequence of the chaotic climate was the presence of disparate levels of maturities over the vineyard. The retrained management of the vigour of the vines allowed us to preserve the superb sanitary state of the grapes.
During the harvest period, the weather conditions turned to dry and warm days after September 15th. The acidity levels decreased and thanks to the low yields, the sugar content in the grapes increased significantly. The 2010 wines will show an intense fruity character, lots of freshness for a good ageing potential.