The Kientzler family have been producing high quality wines for five generations. In the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé, the very calm and reserved André Kientzler creates superb wines and is now helped by his son, Eric. The domaine is made up of 11 hectares of vineyards, a third of which have grand cru status, with Riesling and Gewürztraminer being the main varieties planted. Low yields, early picking, rigorous selection and a profound respect for the terroir (they are making a concerted effort to reduce their use of pesticides) make for wines with outstanding finesse and purity of fruit. Eric and André’s dedication to their craft is truly admirable and the domaine rightly ranks among the top producers in Alsace. There is exceptional typicity of each varietal’s character across the Kientzler range. The style remains distinctive, displaying André’s craft and experience; the wines emulate his calm and modest character. All of the wines are very fine with an underlying purity and very intense mineral notes. The Rieslings show great definition even when young but age effortlessly for 10-15 years gaining weight and complexity. These wines deserve wine lovers’ attention and will not disappoint.
Pinot Blanc: bone dry with clean and a great alternative to the ubiquitous Chardonnay. Stony fruit and an appealing acidity make it perfect as an aperitif.
Gewürztraminer: dry but with a rich texture and classic fresh lychee notes. Gorgeous delicate perfume and generous ripe fruit flavours make it a popular accompaniment for fragrant, stronger flavoured Asian food.
Réserve Riesling: in its youth it is bursting with citrus zest and fresh lime fruit. The vibrant palate is beautifully balanced by flinty minerality and underlying acidity. With a little bottle age this wine develops benchmark petrol notes and great depth of flavour with a lively and persistent finish.
Grand Cru Geisberg Riesling 2009: We are very lucky this year to be offering the 2009 Grand Cru Geisberg. This wine is dry and pure. Now at 6 years old, the transformation is underway and the true majesty is coming to the fore. The classic secondary Riesling aromatics of petrol/ kerosine subtlety welcome you in and the array of flavours are also unfurling at this stage, morphing from primary fruits of green apple and melon to more interesting complex spectrum of richer flavoured white stone fruits, alongside an appealing minerality. The journey for this beautiful wine has just begun. A wine lovers wine!