After selling hundreds of bottles of the 2016 Altenberg de Bergheim, we were able to find some half bottles of the equally fantastic 2015. Many of our clients might remember that the first mention of the Lorentz family was in the 17th century in the northeastern Alsatian commune of Ribeauvillé, eventually settling slightly north in Bergheim some 50 years later. Seven generations have passed, and Georges Lorentz now helms this old estate producing Reisling, Guwerstaminer, and Pinot Gris in a fabulous, tightly knit, and dynamic fashion. Practicing organic viticulture on his 33 hectares of vines, Georges takes great lengths to respect the land and coax the most vineyard expression out of his wines. At the top of that list are Altenberg de Bergheim's grand cru vines that are between 35 and 50 years old planted on a mix of clay and limestone. This site has been recognized for producing exceptional wines since the 13th century, noted for its powerful yet aromatically complex and energetic wines. Like the 2016, 2015 ranks among the Lorentz Family's top efforts and is a wine as profound as it is detailed that should please many fans of GG Rieslings; in fact, Anne Krebiehl preferred 2015, scoring it a point higher. The wines from Lorentz are very rare, and no bottles of 2015 exist in any fashion in the U.S., but we are happy to change that. Half bottles of Grand Cru Riesling at less than $20 a bottle when you use the discount, it is a no-brainer for those that like mineral-driven and racy white wines while also value hunting.
Wine Enthusiast (Anne Krebiehl) 95 points! "Lifted aromas of chamomile and dried apple carry edges of wet hay and earth on the nose. The palate brings all of these notions into a concentrated core with lemony verve. It's a dry, intense Riesling that has only just started to unfold. While delicious now, it will continue to evolve well through 2040."