Dru and Fruity finesse on the nose. On the palate hints of apples, peaches and citrus fruits. With age quince and minerals
André Kientzler’s style remains unique, displaying his craft and experience with wines that mirror his calm and unassuming character. They are very fine with underlying purity and intense mineral notes. The Rieslings are like crystal, gaining great complexity over the years. Do not expect big showy wines here, just wines that are classy and racy.
André is now helped by his son, Eric, in the running of their small estate, who is the fifth generation of his family to hold the reins of this fine domaine. “Grown with great respect for the earth and its environment”, their vineyards cover 13.8 hectares, of which 4.4ha are Grands Crus located in the villages of Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr. Grand Cru ‘Geisberg’ is the undoubted star. 100 years ago, Alphonse Kientzler was already planting vines on the steep local hillsides, while many winemakers turned to lowland vineyards, as they were easier to work with. However, even then Alphonse had realized that his efforts were not in vain. These steep sites brought a markedly higher quality to the finished wines. This is explained by the nature of the soil, sun exposure, slope and microclimate.
Today, the family estate can claim that 90% of its vines are planted on hillsides or the lower Vosges slopes. Old vines are also part of their precious heritage: 80% of the vineyards at the domaine comprise vines of more than 35 years of age, with 10% being over 80 years of age