A first from Albert Boxler! This parcel, planted on the steep granite slopes of the Sommerberg grand cru behind the Boxler home and cellars in Niedermorschwihr, is typically blended, but in 2014 the wine was too interesting to not be bottled separately. Drinking beautifully already, it can also, of course, be tucked away for future enjoyment. Vintage 2014 in Alsace gave Rieslings of impressive power, purity, and dry extract. Scheibenberg brings the additional qualities of finesse, balance, and pure pleasure.
Jean Boxler, currently rules the roost at this humble yet incredibly exciting domaine. Intense and serious about his land, his craft, and his wine, Jean is the genius behind what are certainly some of the finest white wines in Alsace (and the world). World War II brought Jean’s grandfather Albert back to Niedermorschwihr from Montana, where he was busy enjoying the natural gifts of big sky country. He became the first generation to bottle the family’s production himself and commercialize it under a family label. Tasting through the entire range of Boxler’s wines is ample proof of the fact that Alsace, along with Burgundy, is the source of the world’s most complex, exciting white wines, and will probably always be.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch