Wanda Cole-Nicholson and guildsomm user crushed the Criolla Fam last week. Thanks you two!
This week: Schlossberg Grand Cru
What is the primary soil type, most planted variety, where is it located and name 4 producers.
Schlossberg is located on the steep slope ( from 240 to 420 meters) facing Kaysersberg in Kientzheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace. At around 80 hectares, it is the largest of the Grand Crus in Alsace, as well as being the first to be granted that status in 1975. Since it thas been producing grapes since the fifteenth century, arguably it is also the oldest grand cru plot in Alsace.
Around 75% of this plot is planted with Riesling, with the rest made up of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and some Muscat.
Is primary soil type is granite, with the upper layers in an advanced state of decomposition. As a result, the topsoils contain a high proportion of coarse granitic sand, rich in the minerals of potassium, magnesium and phosphorus – minerals that are found in few other vineyards. This contributes to the long aging ability of wines made from here.
Some producers: Bott Geyl, Domaine Weinbach, Domaine Trepat and J.Fritsch.