Alsace 101: Schlossberg Grand Cru
July 28, 2014
On the south-facing slopes stretching from Kaysersberg to Kientzheim lies the Schlossberg vineyard, the oldest and largest of Alsace’s 51 Grand Cru sites.
The Grand Cru Schlossberg was first classified in 1975, though it has been renowned for producing excellent wines since the 15th century. The vineyard covers nearly 200 acres and is located at an altitude of 750 to 1,150 feet. It is so steep that it must be terraced.
Nearly 75% of the Schlossberg is planted with Riesling, with the remainder made up of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and a small amount of Muscat. The mineral-rich granite soils create very elegant and richly floral wines that are prized for their ability to age. Grand Cru Schlossberg producers include Domaine Weinbach, Bott Geyl, Albert Mann, Paul Blanck, Mader and Anne de Laweiss, to name a few.
To learn more about the Schlossberg Grand Cru, join @drinkAlsace on August 20th from 9-10 pm EST for a Summer of Riesling Twitter #winechat, along with our friends Austrian Wine (@AustrianWineUSA) and Wines of Germany (@GermanWineUSA). We’ll be tasting and discussing Paul Blanck Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg 2010, Brandl Riesling Heilingenstein 2011 from Kamptal, Austria and Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett Erbacher Macrobrunn 2011 from Rheingau, Germany.