Domaine Weinbach - Riesling - Cuvée Theo

92 points - The Wine Advocate
Domaine Weinbach - Riesling - Cuvée Theo - 2019 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Domaine Weinbach - Riesling - Cuvée Theo

92 points - The Wine Advocate
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Cathy Faller oversees winemaking at this famously female-led house in Alsace, Cathy, her sister, and mother having taken over when their father Théo died in 1979. Farming organically, they use only estate fruit from vineyards that include top Grand Crus. This is a discreet and yet powerful wine, the nose showing yellow plum and a little confit lemon, even a touch of butteriness before the palate opens just enough to show an expansive sweet fruit profile (with a little residual sugar). It has a limpid texture and a finish where the acid gently insists rather than dominating.
From the clos, the 2019 Riesling Cuvée Théo is very clear and elegant on the pure but aromatic and even slightly flinty nose that exhibits ripe and intense Riesling fruit. Lush and salty-piquant on the palate, this is a round, fresh and pure, crystalline Riesling with remarkable intensity and hidden power and a finely bitter and saline finish. Still young, this 2019 will refine with bottle age.
Type:
White
Country:
France
Region:
Alsace
Producer:
Domaine Weinbach
Grapes/Blend:
Riesling
Pairing Sugesstions:
Shellfish, Crab, Lobster, Goat Cheese, Green Vegetables, Fresh Herbs and Aromatic Dishes

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Domaine Weinbach is situated at the foot of the Schlossberg hill in Alsace and is named after a small stream, ‘Wine Brook’, that runs through the Estate. Founded...

Domaine Weinbach is situated at the foot of the Schlossberg hill in Alsace and is named after a small stream, ‘Wine Brook’, that runs through the Estate. Founded in 1612 by Capuchin monks and then taken over by the Faller brothers in 1898, it is now in the hands of Catherine Faller and her son Théo who produce some of the country’s finest wines.

I visit a lot of wine estates, but this is one visit I will remember for a long time. Weinbach, based in Kientzheim, is one of the star domaines of Alsace.Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com

Domaine Weinbach farms biodynamically and hand harvest all of the crop with a view to quality over quantity. Each vineyard has its own specific terroir, which along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines thanks to their ageing in large old oak foudres.

Catherine and Théo grow a variety of grapes within the estate - Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner - but it is Riesling that is the king of Alsace wine and at the hearts of the Faller family. The Domaine owns 8 hectares of Riesling vineyards and they were among the first in Alsace to receive Grand Cru status in 1975.

On a base of granite rocks, the soils are brown, slightly acidic, and pebbly. The Schlossberg’s steep, south-facing slopes ensure exposure to optimal sunshine. The soils are very well drained and warm up very rapidly producing delicate fruit with a bouquet of great finesse.

I have already nailed my colours to the mast by listing Domaine Weinbach in my 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates book. I am always absolutely mesmerised by the thrilling wines from this Domaine.” Matthew Jukes

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Alsace

Alsace is a region in northeastern France that is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world. The region has a long history of...

Alsace is a region in northeastern France that is known for producing some of the finest white wines in the world. The region has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the Roman era. The wines of Alsace are made from a variety of grapes, including Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat.

The style of production in Alsace is unique, as the wines are made in a dry style, with little to no residual sugar. This allows the natural flavors of the grapes to shine through, resulting in wines that are crisp, refreshing, and full of character.

The region is also known for its sparkling wines, which are made using the traditional method, similar to Champagne. These wines are made from a blend of grapes, including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay, and are aged for several years before release.

Overall, the wines of Alsace are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world, and are known for their exceptional quality and unique character. Whether you are a fan of dry whites or sparkling wines, Alsace has something to offer for every palate.

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