The Schlossberg hill has long been revered as one of the world’s greatest Riesling vineyards. It’s a granite outcrop that rises north of Kaysersberg and Kientzheim and sits at an altitude of 230-350 metres. The quality of Schlossberg’s wines was well-known as early as the 15th century and it was the first vineyard in Alsace to receive Grand Cru status in 1975. With 8 hectares, the Faller family are the largest owners in the Schlossberg and craft an extraordinary family of Rieslings from the hill, parcelled and bottled according to vine age and altitude. This wine is cropped from three parcels of the highest vines that the family own, at the very top of the slope. Here the soils are shallow and rocky and are therefore very mineral – with the eroded granite having a reddish tinge and high magnesium content. This combination of altitude, poor soils and low yields is a potent one and gifts a deep but always dry and mineral Riesling, with an intense freshness to balance the wine’s flesh. The 2017 is a cracker – a super juicy, vibrant, racy Riesling with all kinds of citrus pith, nutmeg and white pepper spice and a long, saline close. Simply a stunning white.
Super tight, with white florals, apple blossom, pure crystal lemon fruit with mineral energy. Goes on and on in the mouth. Delicate and full of finesse, yet amazing intensity. This is what the famous Schlossberg hill gives you. WOW. Ian Cook, FWC.