Charles Sparr Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg
The Sparr family have been making wine in Alsace for almost 400 years, and current winemaker Charles is the twelfth generation, having worked his first vintage in 2010. He studied oenology in Burgundy and Napa, and has a great passion for terroir. Situated in the heart of Alsace their 30 hectares of vineyards covers various stretches of slopes from Riquewihr to Sigolsheim and Turckheim, with fantastic Grand Cru vineyards in areas including Schoenenbourg and Mambourg. They have been practising organic since 2010.
The Schoenenbourg vineyard found on a steep, south-facing slope at the end of a valley. The soils here are rich in Keuper marl, dolomite and gypsum, which have good water retention and fertilising properties. Riesling is king in this Grand Cru, and it is also well-suited to late harvest or noble rot wines.
The wine undergoes a slow fermentation, giving beguiling complexity to this top Riesling. It is then aged on its lees for 6 months the following year, bringing texture which helps balance the grape's high natural acidity.
Grape Varieties: 100% Riesling.
Farming Practices: Practising Organic
Tasting Notes: An exemplary Riesling for those who want to discover what Alsace Grand Cru wines are capable of. Waves of powerful aromas peel from the glass: apple, pineapple, jasmine and stem ginger are all supported by a subtle mineral backbone. The flavours linger on, and it is obvious that this wine will age superbly.
Food Match: Spicy monkfish tagine with peaches and orange zest.
Awards: Decanter 2016 - Best off Dry & Falstaff - 91 Points
Sugar Level: 11.2g/l
Closure: Natural Cork
|Country of Origin||France|
|Flavour||Floral & Aromatic|