When we first tasted this wine, we were not prepared for what it was about to show us. I think having been prepared, and educated that this isn't your typical every day vino would have set the stage for us and really helped in keeping an open mind! If you're reading this, that's what we're here for! This wine is pretty atypical, and definitely an excellent palate challenger. To start, this wine is extremely tasty and unique. Fresh ripe apple mixed with apple cider, honey and this incredible mustiness that isn't offensive surprisingly. You get this sort of warm feel from the aromas that actually really sets the tone for the palate. On the tongue, intense notes of apple, clove, cinnamon, honey, slate, and more of that musty sort of oxidation with subtle hints of juniper and salted caramel. The oxidation notes in the wine are actually due to the fermentation process which really gives this wine character! This is definitely not an entry level wine, and something we wouldn't recommend for someone just starting to explore wine. Unless, that is, you're someone who really likes to be challenged!! This wine pairs beautifully with Alsatian Fleischnacka with a mushroom-cream sauce ( we did this and loved it!!) Or, if you're looking for something a bit more Germanesque, try a Sauerbraten or Goulash for a good hearty meal. Definitely the epitome of old world Alsatian, that goes against the grain of today's expectations.
The estate is located in Andlau, Alsace, halfway between Strasbourg and Colmar, in the Piedmont region of the Vosges. Nestled at the foot of the mountains, the vineyard benefits from a continental climate and shares a mosaic of completely opposite soils in their geology: pink sandstone of the Vosges (Grand Cru Wiebelsberg), black schist (Grand Cru Kastelberg), blue schist (Clos du Val d 'Eléon and Clos Rebberg), and marno-calcaro-sandstone (Grand Cru Moenchberg).
Marc Kreydenweiss has passed on his passion for wine, terroirs and biodynamics to his children. Antoine Kreydenweiss took over the reins of the Alsatian vineyard in 2007, accompanied by Charlotte, their daughters Zoé, Lilou and Léonie, from the team and his Chevalier Comtois. Together they display the same passion: produce wines with a personality by highlighting the soul of each of its soils.
The Estate comprises 13.5 hectares of vines, including the 3 Grand Crus of Andlau: Wiebelsberg, Moenchberg and Kastelberg. Another great vintage: Barr's Kirchberg joined the diverse panel of the estate.
The winemaker uses each year a different artist to illustrate the labels. By uniting the creativity of the artist and the know-how of the winemaker, each bottle is transformed into a unique piece.
Winery/Producer: Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss
Grape(s): Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois Blanc, Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer
Style: White, dry
Origin: Andlau, Alsace, France
Vinification: Carried out in the most natural way. Organic, biodynamic, sustainable, and natural. Low intervention, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts.
Aging: Aged in old Alsatian oak barrels
% ABV: 13%