Geisberg is one of the great Grand Crus of Alsace. It’s a small, steep, south facing vineyard in which there are only 5 owners; Trimbach, Kientzler, Faller, Baldenbeck and the local monastery. Only Faller and Kientzler make ‘pure’ Riesling grand Cru Geisberg. Trimbach makes a blend and the others sell their fruit.
The Geisberg vineyard produces fruit of the highest quality, which is handpicked, fermented in stainless steel and bottled under screw cap.
This has the same components as the entry level riesling, but as soon as you open it, it's clear everything is a step up. It’s more intense, more concentrated and has an amazing viscosity and density. This wine’s richness is perfectly balanced by a core of pure, tight acidity, which makes the wine a serious cellaring candidate. You’ll find it dry (4 g/L residual sugar) with flavours of lime cordial, citrus and honey as well as a long lanolin and mineral finish. We can only wonder how someone makes such an intense and lively wine.
This is a great example of a classic dry Alsatian riesling, one that will age beautifully and one you should have in your cellar.
"Geisberg has been well documented since 1308 as Riesling country par excellence. The wines are fragrant and have great finesse, yet they are also powerful and long lived. These are true Grand crus, not widely available and highly sought after. Andre Kientzler is the greatest exponent of Geisberg Riesling."
Tom Stevenson, The Wines of Alsace.
97/100 points, Bettane & Desseauve 2022.
96/100 points, Le Guide des meilleurs Vins de France RVF 2022.