Julien Schaal Grand Cru Kastelberg Riesling 2019
The Schaal’s have won us over with their wonderful expressions of Alsace, and this is one of their big guns, from 50 year old vines on steep, exposed slopes. I thought it’d therefore be all power and strapping acidity, but its power is in its effortless charm. The usual soft citrus has added dimension, and where an Aussie riesling might just have more intensity, this has layers.
There’s a core of commanding minerality, but it’s wrapped up in threads of melon, lemon, elderflower, honeysuckle and jasmine. Despite the aromatics and the floral overtones, the palate is soft but dry, and speaks of many years ahead. I’d say it’s a shame to have now, but it most certainly wasn’t! Just don’t tell anyone. I promise to keep the next one in the cellar for awhile. Till Christmas, at least. If you have more restraint than me, Wine Enthusiast reckon this’ll go happily years, at least. Good luck with that, mofos.
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Winemakers: Sophie & Julien Schaal. Sophie’s a Burgundian native as well as a Dijon University graduate, and makes these wines with husband Julien.
“This wine's nose is subtle but gently aromatic, with tangerine and a tropical overtone of passionfruit. On the palate the concentration becomes evident. Fruitiness, with zesty, ripe lemon uppermost, seems anchored in coolness, giving this wine a taut, linear and zesty outlook. If you are looking for refreshment, this is it.”
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