Delightfully firm with so much personality and the sensation that you are licking stones in the vineyard! So firm, so pungent, yet so fruity. Gorgeous wine, essence of Riesling and already approachable. Steely finish suggests a long life ahead. Bone dry and very long. 17.5 points, Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com
The Schlossberg hill has long been revered as one the world’s greatest Riesling vineyards. It’s a granite outcrop that rises north of Kaysersberg and Kientzheim to an altitude of 230-350 metres. The quality of Schlossberg’s wines was well-known as early as the 15th century and this was the first vineyard in Alsace to receive Grand Cru status in 1975. With their eight hectares, the Faller family are the largest landowners in Schlossberg. They craft an extraordinary series of Rieslings from the hill, parcellated and bottled according to vine age and altitude.
This is a beautifully weighted Schlossberg—the terroir’s high altitude and granitic heritage shine through waves of lime, apple and acacia blossom-noted fruit, with brisk and vivid acidity, powdery grip and a long mineral close. It’s again, deep and yet so vibrant, with the kind of balance that can only come from a great terroir farmed very well.