Grand Cru Rosacker Riesling Calcaire 2017, Julien Schaal
France / Alsace
Andy's Tasting Notes
With hints of citrus, herbs, mineral and honeysuckle. This is just about the purest and engagingly refined Riesling you could hope to find.
So elegantly cool and precise – this is all about understated power and finesse. Not a blockbuster but then it isn’t trying to be. Just getting into its stride now but will develop beautifully and gain extra depth and flavour with 3 – 5 years more bottle age. Best from 2022 – 2028.
Rosacker, “Field of Roses” is among the most celebrated of Alsace’s Grands Crus vineyards, with descriptions of its wines dating back to 1483. It owes its name to the wild roses, which grow in abundance around the edge of the vineyard. The limestone soils here produce Rieslings that are bone-dry yet which have a rare richness and mouth-filling texture.
Price per bottle £19.30
Renowned producer Julien Schaal makes world class wines in both Alsace and South Africa. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him on a couple of occasions. Julien, along with his wife Sophie, have been making wine in Alsace since 1999. In 2011 they, along with Olivier Biecher, launched a winery dedicated to producing Alsace Grand Crus only.
“Alsace wine region has a unique combination of great soils types that forms a real ‘kaleidoscope” of geologies. Pink sandstone, blue schist, limestone, granite, gypsum and volcanic rocks are amongst the most interesting soil. We can find all of them on grand cru vineyards. We believe that Riesling is maybe the best variety to translate those characters into wines.” Juilen Schaal.
Food matchSteamed mussels with lemongrass