Wines Of Alsace

Wine of the Week: Domaine Charles Baur Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2010

April 16, 2013

One of the beauties of Alsace Riesling is that there’s a wine for everyone. The unmatched diversity of terroir (13 different soils!) and wine-making styles guarantee there’s a Riesling for every occasion, meal and palate. 

The Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2010 from Domaine Charles Baur is certainly a stand-out: a mineral-driven, complex wine with a wet stone/slate and tart green apple and citrus flavors. 

This Riesling is hugely influenced by the granite soils of the Brand Grand Cru vineyard, which produces an intensely mineral wine that also expresses vibrant and fresh grapefruit. It’s a jolt in the mouth, but with enough sweetness (12 grams per liter) to balance the acidity (11 grams per liter) – this wine is both lush and bone dry. Like many quality Rieslings from Alsace, this wine will get more intense and rich as it ages—evolving and gaining layers of complexity (it can age 12 – 15 years at the very least).