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Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg "E", Albert Boxler - 2021

  • Provenance: Alsace
  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Domain: Albert Boxler
  • Grape variety(ies): Riesling
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
  • 213 Classement: Grand Cru
From the first nose, it impresses with its aromas of dried flowers, infusion, bergamot and citrus peel. The nose first expresses itself with smoky, slightly peppery accents that become increasingly clear as it airs. The palate is in perfect harmony with the latter: we find this incisive energy, this extraordinary sensation of crystalline limpidity. Matter and concentration are there and are perfectly integrated into an exceptional structure, which "verticalises" the wine. The finesse of the bitters and the salinity on the finish are absolutely remarkable! Guide Vert RVF: 97/100
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Viticulture

The letter "E" (cuvée formerly named "L31E") refers to the Eckberg, included in the Sommerberg. The vines, which are about forty years old, occupy the upper part of the Grand Cru, at an altitude of about 400 metres. The cooler temperatures and the very poor, stony soil give this vintage its signature: that of an extremely slender, refined and intensely straight, nervous Riesling.

Oenology

Alcoholic fermentation is generally carried out with indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation is not sought. The pressings on whole grapes are slow and the settling that follows is not very thorough. The wine is fermented in large tuns. Total sulphur levels are low for the region (80 mg/l) and only 20 mg of free sulphur at bottling.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Grilled sea bass with salicornia - Chicken curry - Grilled cod with pancetta and lentils with Madras curry.

Domain
Located in Niedermorschwihr and created in 1673, the Albert Boxler estate has become over time one of the references of the region and even of French wine. Since 1946, the vines have been grouped together and the wines bottled under the name of Albert Boxler. Today, his grandson, Jean, representing the last generation, has been in charge since 1995. The current property has about 14 hectares of vines, almost entirely planted with white grape varieties, often on very steep slopes, almost half of which are classified as Grand Cru Sommerberg and the rest as Grand Cru Brand, in Turckheim. The vines, planted between 6,000 and 8,000 vines/ha, are worked with a caterpillar, when possible. Otherwise, they are picked by hand! They are not grassed over because the soil is too poor and competition is not desired. The estate has been growing organically - without a label - since 2003; the plots have never been fertilised or treated with nitrogen. The grapes come from massal and clonal selections, depending on the terroir and age. They are sorted at the plot and at vatting. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out using indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation is not sought. The pressings on whole grapes are slow and the subsequent settling is not very thorough. The wine is fermented in large oak barrels of several wines. Total sulphur levels are low for the region (80 mg/l) and only 20...
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