Gustave Lorentz Grand Cru Altenberg Riesling 2012

Ranked #1 of 20 Alsatian Rieslings 2012 - Huon Hooke!

France, Alsace
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Ranked #1 of 20 Alsatian Rieslings 2012 - Huon Hooke!


"Gold yellow, expressive and deep nose of citrus aromas, fresh and complex. Elegant hints minerality. The palate has a great structure, nice balance, surprising broadness, wonderful dry and long finish. Very elegant Riesling with a very good ageing potential.


The grapes come from the classified Grand Cru site of Altenberg of Bergheim vineyards owned by Gustave Lorentz. The dominant soil of this area is clay and limestone and the grapes for this wine come from vines between 30 and 50 years old.  The pride of Bergheim winegrowers, the Altenberg has been renowned for is fine wines since the end of the 13th Century.  They are marked by the perfect balance between the subtle, distinguished aroma and powerful, virile body and are extremely "food-friendly.


Hand picked, with the whole grapes pressed. The pressed juice is separated from the free-run juice and undergoes 12 to 24 hours of “debourbage” or settling, to eliminate impurities, which are then filtered out. Fermentation takes place, using a combination of natural and selected yeasts, in old oak vats. Powerful and complex flavors, verging on the dry side, but with a roundness, very well balance and a very long, semi-dry finish."

The Lorentz family has been making wine since 1836 in the heart of the Alsace. Charles Lorentz Sr. developed his vineyards on the hills of Altenberg de Bergheim, in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Today the Estate has grown to 79 acres in this extraordinary terroir, with 3.71 acres planted on the hills of the Grand Cru Kanzlerberg and 29.65 acres in the Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim. The current owner/winemaker Georges Lorentz, is the seventh generation of the family firm, headquartered in the medieval village of Bergheim, in the Haut-Rhin.

Firmly convinced of the need to preserve the environment, owner and winemaker, Georges Lorentz began the transition to organic viticulture in the early 2000s, becoming fully organic in 2009, converting all vineyards (33 hectares). 

The name EVIDENCE reflects the respect we have for the biodiversity in our vineyards, as evidenced by the return of game birds to our land, which has inspired this label. The feathers represent the wine’s finesse and balance, while also alluding to its wild and natural nature."

Gustave Lorentz