Grown on limestone soils at an altitude of 250 metres, this sublime Riesling is made from vines with an average age of 50 years. Certified Ecocert, it has purity of flavour that is truly astounding. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks using native yeasts has produced an incredibly complex wine with flavours of minerals and citrus. Cellar confidently for up to 15 years.
Bright medium-dark yellow. Oatmeal and herbs greet the nose, then slightly subdued peach and pear aromas emerge slowly with aeration. Razor-like acidity is tempered by the malolactic, but this still finishes juicy and quite appley, with outstanding persistence. Lovely wine. Made from 1.2 hectares of Riesling planted at high density back in the 1970s in a lieu-dit more famous nowadays for great late-harvest, noble-rot-affected Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer wines. However, many locals also believe that the Altenbourg’s very cold soil and the full southern exposure allow for very dry-styled, powerful Rieslings characterized by strong citrusy acidity (this wine boasts 7.1 g/L total acidity) due to the high soil limestone content. I don’t really agree with this view, but that said, this was Charles senior’s favorite estate Riesling wine and it’s actually very good, so I am not going to argue.
91 points, Vinous (January 2019)
This is a sophisticated riesling with lime blossom, lime curd and some honey notes. It's medium-to full-bodied with sharp acidity. Zesty lime curd, drizzled with honey…but dry. Some slate, too. From organically grown grapes.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2020)
Oranges, and then a little grilled savoury note, bready, almost. Intense on the palate – really grips – with bone-dry Seville-orange marmalade flavours and fresh grapefruit and toasted hazelnuts. Vibrations that fill the mouth. Lovely wine.
17 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (May 2019)