Gustave Lorentz Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim Vielles Vignes Organic Riesling 2016

Gustave Lorentz is the largest owner of this Grand Cru with a holding of 12 ha.  Released after a 5 year wait in order to offer truly remarkable wines.  The vineyard faces due south and is composed of limestone-marls soils.

This wine is produced from 100 % Riesling grapes from the classified Grand Cru site of the Altenberg of Bergheim vineyard owned by Gustave Lorentz.  The dominant soil of this area is clay and limestone; the vines from which this wine is produced are very old, between 30 and 50 years old.  The pride of Bergheim winegrowers, the Altenberg has been renowned for its fine wines since the end of 13th century.  Altenberg Grand Cru wines are remarkable for the perfect balance between their subtle, distinguished aroma and their powerful, virile body. They are gastronomic wines par excellence.

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Trophy – Best in Show: Best Dry Alsace Wine in Show, One of Best 50 Wines of 16518 in Show, Platinum Award + 97 points

“The golden mean: that’s what Alsace can offer to Riesling enthusiasts. A wine which is not raspingly or cuttingly dry, but not unctuously sweet either; a wine with backbone and structure, yet which can still tease and charm as only Riesling knows how. That’s what you’ll find in this Grand Cru version from the celebrated Altenberg de Bergheim vineyard: its sunny, south-facing marls have produced a tender, intricate yet round-contoured version with scents of summer fruits and citrus peels, and limpid, vivacious flavours given gravity by a textured fullness and a little green sap at the finish. It’s a dry wine, but not demandingly so, and would drink well with food or without.”
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

“94 points”

“Notions of dried lemon peel are gentle on the nose of this wine but promise freshness. The palate delivers an incisive but balanced hit of vivid lemon and apple freshness.  It stays slender, taut and lively throughout, with drive and concentration. Gentleness on the dry, fresh finish lends elegance.”
Anne Kreibel MW, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2019

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