A big hit with our clients, we have a small reload of this one after previously selling out. For a few years running, this wine has been incredible and on the same level as many of the top producers in the area. 2019 is a magnificent example of Riesling and a great buy for the category from one of the most under-the-radar producers in Alsace. Don't miss it!
Gustav Lorentz is one of the most underrated in Alsace. Over the past few years, these wines, especially Altenberg de Bergheim Vieilles Vignes, has been an incredible buy on par with producers like Zind-Humbrecht and Trimbach. We have yet to offer the 2019 which just received big press from the Decanter World Wine Awards is fantastic. This is on the same level as the 2016, which was the first wine we ever offered from this address and a magnificent bottle for the money.
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, which are between 35 and 50 years old and planted on a mix of clay, limestone, and sand stone. This site has been recognized for producing exceptional wines since the 13th century, noted for its power, aromatic complexity, and energy.
This is going to be one of the best buys of the vintage for Alsace and is simply exceptional. We have the only bottles of this current release available in the USA and are offering 10% off if you purchase 3 bottles or more.
Decanter 97 points! "The Altenbourg de Bergheim Grand Cru sits in the middle of the Ribeauvillé fault zone, one of the most complex geological assemblies in wine-growing France, and you’ll find marly limestones as well as pink sandstones underlying the vineyard. Still more relevant, though, may be its southern exposure and protected situation: this 220m-320m, 35-ha site is celebrated for its generosity. Pale gold in colour, this Riesling has classic aromas of apples and pears, lemon oil and cardamom. On the palate, it’s deep, intense, splendidly fruited and with a ‘mineral’ spangle to the flavours, too; just a little sweetness brocades those fruits. It’s long in the mouth and almost statuesque: a striking contrast to the more slender and piercing Rieslings produced a little further north up the Rhine, away from the generously motherly Vosges foothills."