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Julien Schaal Alsace Grand Cru ‘Schoenenbourg’ Riesling 2022


SOIL : A water-retaining subsoil of Keuper, marl, dolomite and gypsum, overlaid with fine layers of quaternary siliceous gravel,.

VINEYARD : Situated to the north of Riquewihr, the vineyard runs along the rather steep south and south-east flanksof the Schoenenbourg hillside, at an altitude of 265 to 380 metres.

TASTING NOTE : A deep, rich herby nose displays sweet, lime-edged fruit. There’s some smoky depth, and hints of honey. The palate is concentrated and full, with the medium sweet fruit framed by good acidity and a minerality..

AGEING POTENTIAL : 10-20 years

David’s notes: “On limestone, clay, gypsum, diverse soils. Powerful, savoury, and vinous. All about texture and structure. Juicy acidity. Lovely weight. Ages in bottle slowly. Saline edge to the fruit.”

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We are extremely pleased to offer you our latest imports from Julien Schaal in Alsace.

Situated in the northeast of France, on the border with Germany and Switzerland, Alsace is one of the great historic wine regions of France. Predominately producing wines from the aromatic varieties of Riesling (21%), Pinot Blanc (21%), Gewurztraminer (20%), and Pinot Gris (16%). Increasingly Pinot Noir (11%) is becoming more important.

There are 51 Grand Cru classified vineyards in Alsace. Most of these are historic vineyards, and are seen to be the very top quality. The Grands Crus represent just 5% of the total Alsace vineyard area.

Julien and Sophie Schaal work with 6 separate Grands Crus (all Riesling), and we hope one day to import them all.







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