2019 Grand Cru Riesling Kastelbari
A very steep rocky hill dominates Andlau's valley. The stone of this hill is a unique type of dense schist that was heated and compressed by the nearby granite. This stone is so hard that it is called "Hornfels" by geologists. This terroir produces full-bodied, mineral-driven wines with incredible ageing potential. The name means "the hill in terraces:" to cultivate this rocky and steep hill; past generations built walls to make terraces. Terraces are called "Kastle" in the local dialect, and hill is "bari" or "berg," hence the explanation of the name, Kastelbari or Kastelberg.
The 1996 Kastelberg or Kastelbari Riesling (almost 25 years old now!) was produced by Yann's father, André Durrmann, in the classic style, via controlled winemaking with the addition of SO2 after racking and before bottling. The wine was aged in large neutral oak barrels for one year and has been in the bottle ever since.
Rich, smoky, powerful; the wine has a profile similar to classic Alsatian Grand Cru Rieslings. Honeyed lemon and green apple notes wrap around candied ginger and honeycomb spice notes, but the wine's dominant flavour is the petrol/wet rock minerality. This bottle is a remarkable Alsace Riesling with nearly a quarter-century of development.
- Area: France, Alsace
- Grapes: 100% Riesling