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Riesling Roche Roulée 2018


Riesling Roche Roulée 2018

Bottling date :
August 2019
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
7.8 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.6 g/l H2SO4 / (5.5 g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
67 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
52 years
Terroir :
Gravely/silt on valley floor
Indice :

Description :

This wine complement nicely the Roche range, showing the influence of different major soil types on wines. It originates from the Herrenweg and Turckheim area in Turckheim, specifically from the older vines located on the richer part of the alluvial valley floor (decarbonated silt, very fine sands). These soils posses a relatively good water retention capacity and the vines do not suffer from hydric stress. Compared to the more gravelly areas where the rocks can interlock and stop the progression of the roots, the roots are actually growing deeper. The ripening process is slightly slower, for the better, and the grapes usually have an interesting acidity. These vines are consistent in their production with an aromatic open style,showing early. In 2018, the ripeness was spectacular and these vineyards produced nice healthy grapes. The fermentation was faster, so the wine could be bottled earlier.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: intense yellow colour, indicating some ripeness. Fully open, it is clear that this wine benefits from more bottle age now. The nose shows nice ripe Riesling aromas, honey, white fruits and citrus. These vineyards produce a generous style of wine, clearly demonstrated in the 2018 vintage. Velvety texture, but the finish shows a surprising ripe acidity. This is a classic style of wine from the Turckheim area.

Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 93
James Suckling - 92
6 Nov, 2020 – Here’s the answer to anyone who thinks that dry riesling is always too lean and tart. It would be hard not to like the full fruit-salad aromas of this generous, ripe wine that also has some subtle bergamot and floral notes. Lively, without being tart, the finish is long and juicy. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.
Vinous - 91
The 2018 Riesling Roche Roulée is a very beautiful and complete wine. Open aromatics lead to a soft, silky palate with lovely plushness and depth. The Roche Roulée is creamy and expansive, showing terrific depth and plenty of charm. Apricot, lemon confit, marzipan, dried flower, sage and mineral tones all open effortlessly. The 2018 will be very easy to drink while young.