Alsace Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
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:
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
Certified organic grapes
Started in 2005, our
conversion to organic production took a concrete form three years later
with the ECOCERT specification. 2013 iis our sixth vintage that
guarantees to the consumer wines coming exclusively from grapes in
organic farming. Why did we move to organic farming?
Riesling is still very young for a Kirchberg. Its nose is delicately
showing citrus flavours but also peach falvours combined with hints of spices typical from this
Grand Cru. On the palate this Kirchberg is fruity, ample, full, with a great length. The freshness of this wine is very typical from this vintage. It will give the wine a very good ageing
Tips for consuming:
Will accompany any dish
which goes well with a white wine which is both dry and ample:
shellfish and crustaceans, fish in sauce, river fish, white meat, hard cheese, goat cheese... 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
The press :
Gold Medal and Regional Trophy at the DECANTER World Wine Award 2015 - "...the best example of its type within its region."
17/20 score and "Coup de Cœur" in Guide Bettane et Desseauve 2015.