As the name suggests, Osterberg, meaning east hill, faces predominantly east. The vineyard sits above Geisberg and gained Grand Cru status in 1992. It’s 24.6ha, of which the Kientzlers own 1.15ha. The vines here are in excess of 50 years old and deliver a tight and very mineral riesling. Eric Kientzler describes Osterberg as “the most classic Grand Cru in our portfolio”. This 2019 finished at 13.5% alcohol is dry.
“...the Osterberg is more classic and flinty, requiring longer in bottle.”
Tom Stevenson - The Wines of Alsace.
”So tight and firm with major, chalky minerality, this is a very striking dry riesling that has the depth of expression we expect from the Grand Cru category wines. So much Amalfi lemon and lemon curd, but also dill and parsley aromas. Serious depth and structure at the bold and crisp finish. Drink or hold.”
94 points, jamessuckling.com, June 2022
(And if you’re like me and don’t know what an Amalfi lemon is - they’re those ones that have the protruding pointed ends. They tend to have a thicker skin and more intense fragrance and are highly prized for their use in cakes and limoncello.)
96/100 points, Bettane & Desseauve 2022.
94/100 points Le Guide des meilleurs Vins de France RVF 2022