2016 Julien Schaal Kastleberg Grand Cru Riesling Alsace SKU #1332592


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K&L Notes

Winery Notes: " The charm of our Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Kastelberg lies in its elegance its virility, and its delicate, discreet bouquet. Tight, mineral and lemony with good acidity. Really mineral and fresh with a pithy, taut character. Bone dry...This wine exhibits a great length and potential. Kastelberg or "Castle Hill" - is an ancient Grand Cru vineyard, first planted in Roman times (noted in writing in 1064), boasts an especially complex Blue Schist soil unique in Alsace and which is perfect for the production of great Riesling. From 50+ year old vines growing on terraces in the very heart of the Grand Cru this wine is bone dry and utterly classic Riesling that will age for 10 years, longer even. Yields are extremely low here, the resultant concentration and clarity are dazzling."

Staff Reviews

  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    K&L Staff Member
    This Riesling from Kastelberg vineyard has distinctive red apple aromas and flavors similar to McIntosh apples, citrus pith, white grapefruit and pomelo with heavier mineral content that comes from schist soil. It's dry, bold and muscular style of Riesling.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    This is delicious, dry, Grand Cru Riesling for $20. Notes of crisp Fuji apple, chamomile and wet stone with a slightly rounder mouthfeel and toned down acidity make this accessible and easy drinking. This wine has great length and a ton of elegance. A definite must for lovers of Riesling.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine has a lot to offer for lovers of dry Riesling. There is a beautiful subtle nose. In the mouth are bright and juicy light fruit flavors with a layer of mineral notes. A nice dry finish helps wrap up this package.
  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    Any French House dedicating themselves solely to Grand Cru wines must have extraordinarily high standards in the vineyards and the cellar while maintaining a clear understanding of their stylistic goals in the bottle. Julien Schaal indeed does work with the whos-who of vineyard sights, has built a state of the art new cellar in 2011, and proudly proclaims their signature style of terroir driven, Grand Cru expressions in full bodied tones. If I were to taste the Kastelberg Riesling blind (I did not) I would have guesses Pinot Blanc with the first sniff; deep round tones of yellow plumb, brine and lemon peel come rolling out of the glass in a wave. The floral tones that build are also bolder and richer than the typical white flowers you see in the familiar, sharp, tense Rieslings of Germany (or Alsace). This wine belongs with the main course at dinner not just the seafood appetizer! On the palate I am of course re-convinced that yes this is indeed Riesling, but a more muscular, palate filling, unconscious version. This is the essence of why Grand Cru’s are isolated and exalted; they are uniquely expressive in their own poetic way! White flowers, defined precision, ripe apple and white pepper all come out of hiding to greet you on the first sip in a gentle, lower acid environment that has a very strong mid-palate and a long mineral finish.
  • Jordan Stone
    By: Jordan Stone
    K&L Staff Member
    The Kastleberg Grand Cru Riesling is bone dry. A perfect bottle to try if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of Riesling. This wine I would pair with food. A bucket of mussels , Dungeness Crab or White sauce pasta with clams. Nice Bright acidity . Some green apple flavors. Great minerality .
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Wowza! The Kastelberg from Julien Schaal is an absolutely wonderful expression of dry Alsace Riesling from one of the best vineyards at a price so low that is hard to understand. The wine shows a lovely rich, slightly oily texture. Great exotic notes and loads of power show up mid palate, but with a strong line of racy acidity to hold it all together. This is what Riesling from Alsace is all about!
    Top Value!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Between this wine and the other Schaal Riesling we have in stock right now, life is pretty good for us white wine aficionados. While I know most folks are going to get swept up in the St. Hune vineyard origin of the Rosacker (and rightly so), the Kastleberg was my favorite of the two when tasted blindly. It's so mineral and vibrant in its profile, electrifying my palate with racy acidity and leaving me salivating for more. I was utterly stupefied by this wine. It's SOOOOOOOOOO good and it comes from one of Alsace's grand cru vineyards loaded with blue schist, the rocky soil known for its ability to translate laser-like acidity into the wine itself. The proof is in the pudding here. You buy a bottle first, then you come back for the case.


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