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.
Intense aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and red fruits with subtle aromas of lavender, lilac, and black truffle. On the palate, powerful notes of red fruits and currants and black pepper. Fine, precise and silky tannins lead to a long and persistent finish.
The Strangenberg overlooks Rouffach and Westhalten. It is a hill remarkable for its geology and its vegetation of tortured shrubs reminiscent of the steppes of Asia or the Mediterranean garrigues. From the summit, the view embraces the plain of Alsace, the Black Forest, and sometimes even the Alps.
The Strangenberg is subjected to very arid conditions in relation to the geology (limestone rock), very low rainfall and its open situation to the wind. In some places, the bedrock is flush with the surface. Water management is paramount and the grapes take a long time to fully ripen.
Food Pairing Notes
Red meats, grilled rib steak, game, rabbit, and cow’s milk cheeses.