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A Racy Riesling To Warm Your Autumn Months

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 A Racy Riesling To Warm Your Autumn Months

Alsace is known the world over for wine with distinctive aromatics, purity of fruit and food-matching prowess, owed to the huge range of soils (volcanic, limestone, gneiss, sandstone, marl and granite to name but a few) and grape varieties, found in the 15,500h mosaic of vineyards.  From vivacious and aromatic Muscats, to spicy and floral Gewurztraminers and smoky Pinot Gris. 

Riesling is considered by many to be the most noble of Alsace’s wines.  Just over one fifth of the region’s vineyards are planted with this grape as it thrives in the dry climate here to give characterful and elegant wines. 

Scientist Chrétien Oberlin, who devoted his life to combatting phylloxera, founded Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar in 1895, with the financial support of the city of Colmar.  Today, the winery is fortunate to own 28ha of vineyards with vines in a number of the Grands Crus - including Pfersigberg, Hengst and Florimont.  It also has an additional 10.5ha in its Clos Saint-Jacques vineyard, which is where the grapes for this Riesling come from.

Clos Saint-Jacques Riesling 2014                                                                       12.5% ABV

RRP £11.99, Majestic (Mix Six - £9.99)

Clos Saint-Jacques is located on the outskirts of the town of Colmar, where the warm, dry conditions (Colmar is the second driest town in France) and stony soils are ideal for the cultivation of Riesling grapes.  Protected from the wind by the surrounding high Vosges mountains to the west, the Clos also benefits from a complex terroir, which is influenced by the nearby Fecht river.  The intricate soil composition adds to the unique terroir, from low layers of limestone and sandstone, moving up to a stony surface of gravel and silt, all allowing for optimal growth and slightly earlier ripening than other vines in Alsace.  

The 2014 vintage saw tricky weather conditions, such as a mild winter and hotter than usual spring.  This was followed by a cool summer, all leading to high acidity levels in the grapes.  Alongside Sylvaner, Riesling was one of the two big winners in this particular year and the vintage is recognised as producing Riesling wines with great finesse and freshness.

The grapes for this wine were harvested at the peak of ripeness, then whole bunch pneumatically pressed and cold settled for 24 hours.  There was no malolactic fermentation involved, but the wine was aged for 2 / 3 months on its fine lees.  The result is a wine that is full of pure lime freshness, with a complex minerality owing to the vineyard’s soil structure. 

This Riesling has a racy acidity, which will allow it to age gracefully.  In its youth, the wine is marked by a fruit focus which will then give way to an expression of mineral nuances over the next 4 to 6 years.  The nose shows lime, apple and white blossom notes, and on the palate the wine has a balanced spicy finish.  The perfect accompaniment to salmon, pork or even soft cheese.  

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Date of issue:  12 October 2016

Further information:  emma wellings pr  020 8996 5168  kristen@ew-pr.co.uk 

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