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Riesling Roche Granitique 2018


Riesling Roche Granitique 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
3.3 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.8 g/l H2SO4 / (5,8 g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
69 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
36 years
Terroir :
Indice :

Description :

This wine is in fact the ‘second’ wine of our Grand Cru Brand, produced by the youngest vines there. Youngest, yes, at 36 years old average, because the oldest vines are much older and do produce a very different wine! In 2018, we also added the very small production of the young vines of the Sommerberg Grand Cru that was planted in 2013. I didn’t change the average age of the vines becomes it represented less than 10% of the total volume. Mea Culpa! These granitic vineyard enjoy some of the most precocious, warm, sun drenched situation in Alsace, and are growing on very poor sandy soil that looks very dry when there is no regular rain. Despite that, the vines were beautifully green throughout summer. That can be explained by the possibility these vines have to grow deeper root system and then find finer elements (clay originating from the black mica) and some humidity. In 2018, the grapes ripened quickly and reached a perfect balance, it wasn’t easy for the vines, but the stress was under control. The 2018 wine fermented very slowly but kept a steady pace and finished dry.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: bright intense yellow colour. The nose is overall open and engaging. However, some aeration will show that it is in fact still marked by the full lees contact for 18 months and becomes even more aromatic and intense, developing fruity aromas, aromatic herbs… Most people believe that Riesling on granite should make austere type of wine. This is not my experience on granite. When the grapes are fully ripen like here, the wines become generous and flavourful with a very typical intensity. The palate shows weight and length, with a dry harmonious finish. The acidity is well present but mostly hiding behind the generous nature of the wine and, as often found on our wine, some tannins originating from the long gentle pressing cycle.

Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 94
James Suckling - 94
6 Nov, 2020 – Sleek and very minerally, this is a dry riesling for fans of the grape, or anyone who just likes intensely mineral dry whites. Lots of smoke and flint with some dried lemon peel. Very long, quite steely finish that’s bursting with energy. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
Vinous - 90
Humbrecht’s 2018 Riesling Roche Granitique is mostly young-vine wine from Brand with a bit of Sommerberg thrown into the mix. Bright and taut in the glass, the Roche Granitique is a dry, bracing wine built on vertical energy. Lemon oil, white flowers and mineral tones all grace this steely Riesling from granite soils. I would cellar the 2018 to see if some of the more angular contours soften a bit.