Guide no 10 of my review of all the wines on our wine list at www.gfwine.co.uk Our list covers most of the wine regions of France and so you should have no trouble in finding a wine to suit your palate.
Today we review a wine from the Alsace region of France in the appellation of Alsace AOC.
It is an appellation Riesling varietal from the estate of Domaine Michel Dietrich
Polyculture had been the norm for centuries when in the 60’s Laurent Dietrich (father of Michel), decided to relinquish calves, cows, pigs and horses in order to devote himself to the direct sale of wine in bottles. Our first customers were won over and have been kind enough to return regularly over the years.
The property is situated at the heart of a medieval town, Dambach la Ville, which itself nestles at the centre of the legendary Alsace wine route. The varied geology of the Alsace region is a benefit: the seven Alsace grape varieties are adapted to the nature of the soils and the continental climate. Our village is nestled in the very heart of Alsace, in the Piémont des Vosges area. The characteristic soil is made up of alluvia from the slow decomposition of detritus and the erosion of the Vosges, the mountains which protect us from excessive rainfall. Here and there, outcrops of varying mineral veins can be found. Depending on the plots and how they lie, the harvest will therefore provide various types of wine, which should be drunk fairly young. Dambach La Ville is the town of two mica granite (iron and magnesium), and because of the poor soil in which it is grown, its FRANKSTEIN “Grand Cru” (high quality wine) makes the vine dig down deep to find the mineral sustenance needed to produce wines of character. The average age of the vines is 27 years. We work 14 Hectares, spread over the following villages: Dambach la Ville, Dieffenthal, Itterswiller and Albé. Production is split into three “appellations” (wine designations): the seven Alsace grape varieties, the Crémant d’Alsace (Alsace sparkling wine) and the FRANKSTEIN Grand Cru. The grape varieties are found within each “appellation” area, defined by local place names or late harvesting.
Vinification is traditional – Michel Dietrich wanted to preserve the tradition of his craft, handed down by his father and grandfather. Certain plots are worked with the help of our “comtoise” mare and the wines are housed in beautiful large oak barrels, allowing us to work with our local wild yeast.
This is a still white wine made from the varietal Riesling grape. The vines have to work hard to grow in these granite soils. A traditional vinification is completed by ageing on the fine lees. The finish wine is clean on entry, white flowers on the nose and a fruity, delicate and good length. Serve between 9-12°C with seafood, fish and a pork loin in sauce.