Wine of the Week: Paul Blanck Riesling Classique 2011
July 15, 2013
If you’ve been wondering what distinguishes the Riesling variety in Alsace, open a bottle of Domaine Paul Blanck Riesling Classique 2011, and you will wonder no more. This is a wine that exemplifies how the noble grape expresses itself in the region: subtle, floral aromas with a burst of citrus and tropical notes on the palate and a lively kick of acidity that signals a “racy Riesling” from Alsace.
The Classiques from Blanck are all aromatic, fruit-driven and ready to drink within the first five years of bottling. They are ideal starter wines, not only as an introduction to Alsace, but also for a meal—a wine you can easily take from sipping to serving.
Winemaker Philippe Blanck traces his family roots in Alsace to the late 16th century. The family has been in the wine business in Kientzheim since the early 19th century, and grows grapes in five Grands Crus vineyards and four lieux-dits— small plots of land that bear a particular history.
Steeped in its heritage, the winery is modern and committed to environmentally-sound practices. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, without chemicals and in sync with phases of the moon. Philippe is an admirer of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of biodynamics, and is a gentle philosopher himself. It would not be a surprise to stop by the winery and hear him singing during bottling.