A beautiful bottle at this pricing, the Altenberg de Bergheim is an excellent example of this Alsatian terroir. On par with producers like Zind-Humbrecht and Trimbach, Gustave Lorentz is a bit more underground and, as a result, still has very reasonable pricing with very few bottles imported. Old vine concentration with excellent depth, mineral presence, and energy. This is highly recommended t for those that like racy white wines.
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As we have been saying, the wines from Gustave Lorentz are excellent and fairly priced examples of Alsace. We have the new release of one of their two grand crus, which is a follow-up to the 2017 Kanzlerber we offered recently. The 2016 Altenberg de Bergheim was a best seller last year, and the 2017 looks to be equally great. 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, 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. 2017 is considered a great vintage despite some hardship during the growing season, which drastically limited yields, but what remained with concentrated with an excellent dynamic between richness and acidity. Typically a $60 dollar bottle on release, this is an incredible buy for a Grand Cru old vine Riesling that delivers exceptional quality for the price. We have the only bottles available in the USA right now, and it's a value not to miss for fans of Reisling!