Many consider Geisberg one of the three best vineyard sites for Riesling in Alsace. Its steep slopes, terraced in stone, rise majestically above the gorgeous village of Ribeauvillé. It is also one of the smallest grands crus in Alsace, with only a handful of growers working its slopes; I was therefore amazed to learn that our own Kuentz-Bas somehow managed to acquire almost a quarter of this hallowed ground. The results have been nothing short of breathtaking. Geisberg Riesling, when worked by a master vigneron, is a thoroughbred of a wine—racy and pure, of great breed and precision—a grandiose sculpture of time and place, destined for a long life in your cellar.
Our tour of some of the world’s best white wine vineyards takes an intriguing turn here: the Kaefferkopf vineyard straddles the long hillside between the village of Ammerschwihr and Meyer-Fonné’s winery in nearby Katzenthal. From this special terroir of sandstone marl, Félix Meyer produces both Riesling and Pinot Gris with stunning complexity and age-worthiness. One hallmark of wines from Kaefferkopf is that the soil signature is usually even stronger than the variety. Meyer’s 2016 is lovely stuff—fermented dry, full-bodied in style, it shines at table in a multitude of gastronomic settings with kaleidoscopic range.
Vaudésir is another imposing site—a steep, south-facing amphitheater of Kimmeridgian limestone at the upper reaches of the Chablis grands crus, just below the forest. The wine is both plump and solaire, detailed and fine, with pronounced stoniness and a really regal presence. Vintage 2015 was a truly majestic year for Chablis, with all of the components to produce a wine that is delicious young and built to last.
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