2019 Kientzler Kirchberg de Ribeauville Grand Cru Riesling
The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than five generations in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding area. Today, the Kientzlers farm almost 14ha of vines in Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr, including significant parcels in the Grand Crus of Geisberg, Osterberg and Kirchberg. Winemaking is handled by Thierry Kientzler, while his brother Eric manages the commercial side of the business.
Kirchberg is the highest and coolest vineyard in the village of Ribeauville lying closest to the forest which has cooling breezes drifting down from the afternoon and all evening. From this higher and cooler site this wine is consistently one of the freshest and raciest Rieslings in Alsace. The Kientzler holding is very close to the forest and also located quite high on the slope.
Such a deep nose of lemon curd and fresh sage with just a hint of melted butter. Powerful and highly structured on the full-bodied but super-clean palate, this has stunning mineral intensity that builds and builds at the very sharply defined finish. Drink or hold.
Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com