Domaine Rietsch - 2019 - Vieille Vigne Sylvaner
Domaine Rietsch - 2019 - Vieille Vigne Sylvaner


Mittelbergheim, Alsace, France

The Rietsch estate has been in the family for seven generations; the land was previously used for tobacco and crops. It was Jean-Pierre’s parents who started cultivating vines in 1970s and handed them on to JP in 1987. The domaine is still very much driven by a family-led culture. Vines are raised naturally, with terroir at the heart of the operation and no use of chemicals. Sulphur is very rarely used in the cellar, only when absolutely necessary. Wines are made with a low-pressure pneumatic press for a gentle extraction, with a slow fermentations and always indigenous yeasts. Having grown weary of teasing late-harvest, off-dry wines from his more aromatic grape varieties, Jean-Pierre was one of the first growers in the Alsace to experiment with macerating them.

From vines over 40 years and upwards, picked from four clay-limestone parcels around Mittlebergheim, two of which are on the Grand Cru Zotzenberg. Mittelbergheim boasts the only Grand Cru Sylvaner in Alsace. Pressed directly and aged in barrels on the lees for 31 months. (Wines Under the Bonnet)