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2015 Muscat Grand Cru “Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé”

Kuentz-Bas
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Do not fear grand cru Muscat. It bears no resemblance to the cheap Muscats that may have blurred the intemperate nights of your youth. From the steep limestone vineyards above the village of Ribeauvillé, this Muscat is wildly aromatic and decadently fruity, but also sumptuously full, structured, and dry. The wines of Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé are known for being closed in their youth, with bracing acidity that takes time to resolve. With a few years in the bottle, and from the excellent 2015 vintage, this is just hitting its stride.

Dustin Soiseth


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Muscat
Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Kuentz-Bas
Vineyard: 0.3 ha, Planted in 1998
Soil: Limestone, Marl, Sandstone
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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Inspiring Thirst

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171