2014 Josmeyer Riesling Les Pierrets, Alsace
This wine comes from a vineyard on Josmeyer’s estate located between the villages of Wintzenheim and Turckheim.
There, flat alluvial deposits of the Fecht are rich in clay (22%). The soil on the vineyard is predominantly composed of sand, shingle, and silt with a high incidence of pebbles and frequent plates of loess.
The vines are 35 years old.
The name of this cuveé comes from the French word ” pierre ” (stone) to remind the minerality of the Riesling grape variety. The pierrets or pierrots are small sparrows.
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.
Elegant floral nose lifted by smoky and mineral tones.
Great tension on the palate. Dry with a balance driven by solid acidity.
Plenty of weight, spiciness and a biting but enjoyable bitter and a little vegetal finish that gives the wine an extremely long finish.
Not extremely weighty or complex, but the unique finish makes it worth the experience.