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Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Domaine Josmeyer 2014

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One Line Description Riesling Grand Cru Hengst from Domaine Josmeyer is a dry style, with exotic fruits, lively, racy acidity and an undercurrent of crushed stone minerality.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Alsace, France
Producer Domaine Josmeyer
Vintage 2014
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Riesling
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Limestone and chalky marl
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years
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Riesling Grand Cru Hengst from Domaine Josmeyer is a dry style, with exotic fruits, lively, racy acidity and an undercurrent of crushed stone minerality. The vineyard is situated on a 360 meter high slope and is essentially a mixture of limestone from the Vosges, chalky marl and layers of red, brown, green and beige sediment which produces fuller bodied wines that are a little untamed in youth (Hengst means stallion) but develop intense aromatics and richness with age. Pair with sushi, fresh fish and goats cheese.

Josmeyer was founded in 1854 by restaurant owner Aloyse Meyer who set about building on his father’s work in the wine trade. Since then, the estate has passed through 5 generations of the Meyer family, with Jean Meyer responsible for switching the entire estate to organic and biodynamic culture. He is credited with elevating the estate to one of Alsace’s greats. After his death, his daughters Celine and Isabelle took over running of the estate. The 28 hectare estate is situated at Wintzenheim, and benefits from low annual rainfall, some of the lowest in France. Riesling and Pinot Blanc are given the largest sections of the estate, with Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer also growing here. 5 distinct terroirs make up the estate, 2 of which have achieved Grand Cru status: Hengst and Brand. Once hand picked, the grapes undergo gentle pressing followed by natural fermentation in 100 year old casks, where they also receive some lees ageing. Josmeyer’s wines are characterised by freshness, complexity and minerality, with each of the 5 terroirs contributing to different expressions of the grapes. These are true wines of character, and though their labels may suggest a certain playfulness, they are certainly serious wines.

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