2014 Domaine Gresser, Riesling “Kritt” Andlau, Alsace, France.
The beautiful and blisteringly dry/crisp Remy Gresser Kritt Riesling has an almost Aussie style lime and verbena intensity along with cool steely mineral, it’s a wonderful example of biodynamic Riesling, place and tradition. Domaine Gresser is a small family winery, imported by Martine’s Wines, that has been making wines in the Bas-Rhin, Andlau, Alsace region since 1520 and the estate vines are grown on a mix of limestone, granite, deep clay, gravel and schist with a focus in the cellar on dry style wines from Cru sites. The Kritt Riesling comes from primarily gravelly soils which are well drained and allow for wonderfully bright flavors and subtle density, with this 2014 showing vibrant lime, green apple, mango, white roses, briny notes, dried ginger/pineapple and tangy verbena along with stone fruit, wet river rock, liquid mineral tones and wild herbs and a hint white cherry. Light bodied and super fresh the Domaine Gresser Kritt Riesling is full of electric energy and vivid detail, though turns on the charm and gathers a bit of substance with air and is especially elegant when pair with cuisine allowing it’s full personality and complexity to shine, best with mildly spicy dishes, sea foods, even cheeses and cured meats. I hadn’t tasted this estate in a few years and I was thrilled with this offering, I need to keep an eye on them and I suggest you do as well, also be sure to check out Gresser’s Grand Crus along with this Kritt Riesling, which is a near perfect summer wine.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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