Achillee Riesling DOMAINE DE L’ACHILLEE 2021

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Achillee Riesling DOMAINE DE L’ACHILLEE 2021, unusually delicious Riesling, appears slightly cloudy, fairly full bodied but fresh, fresh, fresh, you taste the biodynamic essence of the wine and purity and varietal character.  The Achillee Riesling DOMAINE DE L’ACHILLEE 2021 comes from 30 year old vines. These are in several different locations with several different soil profiles, altitudes and expositions, ranging from the poor, stony ground of the village of Scherwiller, decomposed granite of the slopes in the top quality local Grand Cru zone (‘Frankstein’ Grand Cru’) and the schist soil of the nearby villages of Schiefferberg and Bernardvillé.

The harvest is naturally manual. They vinify the parcels separately and they only use the best batches in the final blend. The fermentation takes eight months in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeast.  They mature the wines in stainless steel vats on the lees for over a year. After a full malolactic conversion, they bottle without fining. Subtle hints of lemon and lime, enhanced by notes of white flowers. The palate is firmly structured with a well-integrated acidity endowing the wine with good length. Finally, a multi-layered finish with discreet touches of citrus fruits including grapefruit.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine de L'Achilee, JEAN and PIERRE DIETRICH
Country France
Region Alsace, France
Vintage 2021
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Riesling
Terroir Decomposing granite and schist soils
Alcohol 12% abv
Maturation over a year in stainless steel
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 6-8 years
Food Matching Antipasti, Curries, Firm White Fish, Spicy Foods
The Dietrich family has farmed land in Alsace since 1600 (mostly in this village of Scherwiller but also in an adjacent village). In the past the family farm used to be run on the basis of polyculture however the family now concentrate on growing grape vines and other fruit. In 1999 Yves converted the estate to organic farming (at the time he would sell his grapes to the local Cave cooperative). Pierre and Jean took over the responsibility of the winery in 2016, and were the first members of the family to bottle the estate’s wines. The estate has been farmed with biodynamics ever since 2003. It contains 18.5 hectares of vines and also 6 hectares of fruit trees from which the family also produces Pet. Nats from black and red cherries, Damson and Victoria plums. ’Achillee’ (pronounced ‘Ackillay’) is the name of the plant Achillea Millefolium (Common Yarrow in English), that is used as an infusion in biodynamic farming, it grows very naturally in vineyards, and it is sometimes planted intentionally in by vignerons for its ability to enhance the antifungal powers of plants growing near to it, therefore reducing the necessity of regular sulphur spraying on vines. It is also planted for its capacity to contribute coolness and energy to the vine plants in the summer heat. Pierre comments that, ever since his family converted its vineyard to biodynamic farming, this flowering plant has grown up quite naturally amongst all their vines and, even though the Dietrich family’s estate contains five different soil profiles and several different micro-climates

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Achillee Riesling DOMAINE DE L’ACHILLEE 2021