Valentin Zusslin - Riesling Grand Cru Pfingstberg - 2015 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“In terms of ripeness, concentration and aromas, the 2015 Riesling Grand Cru Pfingstberg already reflects the very warm and early vintage pretty clearly on the nose, and it is again the terroir of the Pfingstberg that protects the wine from being too fruity or even overripe. It has these distinctive crystalline sandstone flavors combined with a coolish, spicy and flinty depth here and also almost a touch of broken red slate. Full-bodied, rich and silky on the palate, this is a monster Riesling with a tight, mineral structure and a long, intense and salty finish. I tempted to say this is one of the greatest Pfingstbergs I have ever tasted (which makes me long for the 2010 again after five years!), but I won't be sure about it for a couple of years. I remember Marie and Jean-Paul Zusslin once told me their grandmother never sold the Pfingstberg earlier than six years after the harvest. We are 4.5 years after the harvest now, so I am curious to have this giant again in two years or anytime later. The 2015 is sheer power paired with finesse and elegance, and the phenolics seem riper and softer than in the impressive 2016.” 96 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Established in 1691 by M. Jodocus Cisle (former name of Zusslin), Domaine Valentin Zusslin is now run by two generations of the Zusslin family who are following in the footsteps of their forbears. The winery is based in Orschwihr, south of Colmar, and the vines are planted on the slopes of the Bollenberg, Clos Liebenberg and Grand Cru Pfingstberg. In 1997 the domaine converted to biodynamic viticulture. Much of the work in the vineyard and in the cellar is done by hand, in order that the grapes can express the full potential of the unique terroirs of the Domaine.
From: France, Alsace
Variety: 100% Riesling