Viticulture has been a Rieflé family affair for 6 generations, since 1850. Most recently, Annick and Jean-Claude Rieflé have been able to take advantage of the Euro zone, and the trends toward globalization to reach growing audiences of wine enthusiasts. Their two sons also returned to the Domaine to join the family business.
This 2015 Grand Cru Steinert Riesling opens with pleasant herbal and lemony aromas along with yellow stone fruit flavors and a touch of honey and caramel. It is dull-bod- ied, intense and juicy, with white nectarines and some dried and candied fruit flavors on the palate. This dry, very mineral and firmly struc- tured wine has good sign for an excellent aging potential and further development.
STEINERT literally refers to the stony nature of the terroir. It lies opposite the Alsace plain, the Rhine and the Black Forest and faces towards the rising sun. The hard, homogeneous, dry and filtering soil sits directly on the oolith- ic limestone bedrock which is partially visible on the surface. Oolites are small spherical grains, shaped like fish eggs that were formed on the surface of the rocks by marine microfossils. Wines from the Steinert vineyards are characterized by their powerful structure combined with a subtle finesse and underlying menthol notes.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine is ideal for dishes that require a dry yet powerful wine. Try with sole, seabass or John Dory, in lemon or beurre blanc sauce, or lobster.