2014 Josmeyer Riesling Brand Grand Cru, Alsace
This is how the producing winery describes the vineyard site:
“This relatively well protected hillside vineyard behind the village of Turkheim, has a south-southeast exposure. Its deep granite soil is laced with black mica and gneiss. Flinty and of moderate acidity (Ph 5.8) the soil is rich in phosphates with little potassium or magnesium. The wines produced from this vineyard are regal yet lively, fine-structured, pure and incisive. A restrained palate of subtle complexities.”
Vines there are 40 years old. Old vines then you can comfortably call them.
Grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed slowly in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is always avoided at Josmeyer and no chaptalization takes place.
The wine displays a delicate introvert nose, on flowers and fresh pear.
Crisp mineral and citrusy acidity. It’s biting and tangy.
Long finish on lemon, if not lime flavors.