Our first shipment from Dopff and Irion has arrived and we literally have a handful of bottles left.
Overnight the domaine advised us of their remaining stock of aged Grand Cru Riesling. In addition to a number of the vintages we had in the first shipment they have come up with small quantities of some other years. The wines go back to 1991 - an incredible 25 years ago! And they are such good value.
Riesling is one of the classic grape varieties. At the moment it is not in favour however those with an experienced palate know and understand what a magnificent wine it can be, especially when you combine classic regions, great vineyards and top vintages.
Alsace is the home of Riesling in France. Grapes have been grown in the region since the 4th century. In 1975 a bill was passed to recognize the premium sites and in 1983 the first wines were awarded Grand Cru status. The system is very similar to that used in Burgundy and much of the decision was based on historical information dating back to the 14th century.
To the north of the delightful walled town of Riquewihr lies the Grand Cru vineyard of Schoenenbourg. The vineyard runs along the rather steep south and south-east flanks of the Schoenenbourg hillside, at an altitude of 265 to 380 metres. There is a lot of stone in the soil and this, combined with the altitude, makes for a very mineral wine with great ageing potential. Renowned ever since the early Middle Ages, the wines of the Schoenenbourg were famous throughout northern Europe in the 16th century. The great Swiss cartographer, Merian, cited in 1663: "The Schoenenbourg, which produces the most noble wine of this country". Voltaire owned several vineyards here.
Whilst Grand Cru White Burgundy has sky-rocketed in recent years the price of Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace has remained very affordable.
These aged wines are fresh, vibrant and complex and there are some exceptional vintages in the mix.
They are the perfect wines for the Australian summer.
These are the vintages available in this offer:
The 2010 won the Trophy and Gold Medal for Best Alsace Riesling at the International Wine Challenge 2013. It is a stunner!
I am excited about these wines and if you are willing to diversify from Chardonnay I think you will find they are terrific drinks at a crazy low price. With this new shipment we again offer the wines at Pre Arrival Prices. To make them more attractive we have increased our Pre Arrival Discount to almost 20%.
To view the wines available Pre Arrival and order on our website click here. Feel free to mix and match vintages and create your own tasting experience.
To view and order some of the bottles already in stock click here. Quantities are tiny so be quick. You could order some bottles to try now then stock up at Pre Arrival Prices!
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