The Kuentz family began making wine in the town of Husseren-les-Châteaux in 1795, establishing the estate as a longtime ambassador of Alsatian winemaking tradition. Today, sommelier-turned-vigneron Samuel Tottoli is in charge, bringing youthful enthusiasm and a keen ambition to honor Kuentz-Bas’ past by continuing to produce wines that capture the magic of Alsace’s fine terroir. Having introduced biodynamic agriculture to the domaine, Samuel contributes a natural methodology that extends into the cellar, where wines ferment spontaneously in large hundred-year-old oak foudres. As a result, this Riesling shows great varietal character and regional typicity. Bone-dry on the palate, it features intense, clean aromas with excellent minerality. It showcases what well-made Riesling from Alsace can taste like, and, while it makes for a delicious apéritif, this wine truly shines at table—you’ll find it marries with anything from traditional Alsatian fare to more creative and exotic dishes, with wonderful results. –Anthony Lynch
|Vineyard:||25 - 45 years, 4 ha|
|Soil:||Loess, Silt, Limestone|
|Aging:||Slow fermentation (2-6 months) takes place in oak foudres over 100 years old|
Kuentz-Bas France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru
More than two hundred years of tradition and vineyard pedigree have made the wines of Kuentz-Bas perennial favorites. However, when the family sold the property to famed vigneron Jean-Baptiste Adam in 2004, many wondered what direction the new team would take. Adam, like the estates former owners, has a reputation for being an advocate of Alsatian terroir, and he is the fourteenth generation to continue a family winemaking tradition that began as early as 1614. Winemaker Samuel Tottoli puts a strong emphasis on both terroir and accessibility. The wines are more open than ever while still reflecting the unmistakable character of the vineyards that clients have come to expect from Kuentz-Bas.
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