Alsace 101: Alsace Riesling
March 22, 2013
Regarded as one of the finest white wines in the world, Riesling is widely considered to hit peak form in Alsace. It’s called the “King of Alsace” with good reason, as no other noble grape variety reflects its terroir in such distinct ways. Dry and racy, delicate and powerful, Riesling from Alsace is admired for its balance, structure and elegance.
Particularly refined Rieslings are cultivated in famed granite terroirs such as Grand Cru Schlossberg, Brand and Sommerberg, and are known for their abundant aromas and mineral notes. Indeed, over time, Riesling develops minerality much like the soil in which it’s planted, with distinctive aromas of gunpowder, flint or petrol. The top Rieslings of Alsace may require years to reveal their true potential.
Riesling has been cultivated in Alsace since the end of the 15th century. Like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat, Riesling is among the four grape varieties authorized for the production of Grand Cru wines, late Harvest wines and Sélection de Grains Nobles.