Kientzler Alsace, France.
The Kientzler domaine is a small family-run estate consisting of just 12ha of vines, of which 3.7ha are classified Grand Cru. Riesling and Gewürztraminer make up about half of the family’s vineyards and five other varieties also contribute to the Domaine’s output of approximately 6000 cases.
The family’s vineyards centre around the three Grand Crus which border the village of Ribeauville. ‘Geisberg’ is the smallest of the three facing full south, ‘Kirchberg’ is slightly larger with a warmer south-west facing aspect, and ‘Osterberg’, the largest of the Ribeauville Grand Crus which faces east south-east. The average age of the vines here is about 40 years.
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Wine Report 2009, Tom Stevenson
‘One of the most talented Winemakers in Alsace…..he has Riesling and Gewürztraminer growing in prime sites and it is what he manages to do with these that ranks his wines among the very best in Alsace. Although his generic Riesling has great class and finesse, his Grand Cru Geisberg and Grand Cru Osterberg are very much finer. The Geisberg is the riper and more opulent, with a wisp of smokiness to the fruit, the Osterberg is more classic and flinty, requiring longer in bottle.’
The Wines of Alsace, Tom Stevenson.
‘The Geisberg is immense and rivals with the greatest wines of the world.’
Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2011.
2013 Pinot Blanc (Stelvin)
From 100% Auxerrois. Shows the fine floral perfume and fresh acidity so typical of this variety and village. Finishing dry with length and persistence.
2012 Riesling (Stelvin)
Classic lime and citrus zest aromas backed by discrete minerality. Wonderfully pure and intense for this level. Fine, precise and beautifully balanced.
2013 Pinot Gris (Stelvin)
Ripe and exotic with a hint of honeyed sweetness with restraint and finesse. Fine citric and stone fruit flavours with hints of smoke and ample acidity. Richly textured, yet fresh and vibrant.
2012 Gewurztraminer (Stelvin)
A fine and fresh and delicately perfumed Gewurztraminer with restraint and lovely fine acidity buffering its richness. Fine, elegant and restrained.
2016 Kientzler Riesling Muhlforst
‘Sourced from a selection massale on shell limestone, the 2016 Muehlforst Riesling opens very pure and highly aromatic on the nose, but also precise and mineral, with chalky flavors. This is a very tight and salty Riesling that is dry, but intense, with a certain creaminess in the finish. The tannins are fine and the wine develops good length and grip. Drink 2020-2030.’ 90 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Gewürztraminer Haguenau
‘From deep clay soils, the 2016 Gewurztraminer Haguenau offers an intense and aromatic bouquet of tropical fruits along with earthy/stony and even smoky aromas. Full-bodied, intense and rich, with a tight structure, fine tannins and well-integrated sweetness, this is a clear, enormously salty and tension-filled Gewurz with grip, elegance and power. It should age very well over a decade, or maybe two, but it should be cellared for another three to five years first. Drink 2021-2032.’ 91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg
‘The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg opens with a beautiful nose that combines precise, bright Riesling flavors with the cool flavors of the marly, east-facing Osterberg terroir. The acidity is fresh and piquant, really prominent but well integrated into the mineral texture of this pure and classic Riesling. There is great grip and precision here. The finish is pure and salty, but it also shows firm white stone fruit aromas and a stimulating phenolic grip. This is a cool-climate classic from a classic Alsatian terroir defined as a mixture of marl, limestone and sandstone. Highly recommended. Tasted at the domaine in April, just one week after the bottling. Drink 2018-2035.’ 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
‘The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé is still pretty reductive and shows a prominent sulphur note on the nose at this early stage. Full-bodied, fresh and mineral, with ripe fruit and good balance, this is a firmly structured wine with grip, tension and great aging potential. Like always at Kientzler, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The addition of sulfur is around 90 milligrams, so readers have to be patient with this Kirchberg. Tasted at the domaine in April, just one week after the bottling. Drink 2025-2040.’ 92+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg
‘The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg is the sixth vintage Kientzler produced here. The wine opens discreet but fine and with some smoky, flinty aromas. Very pure and mineral on the palate, this is a very aromatic but clear, intense, very fine and densely textured Riesling from a south-facing but cool terroir that produces fascinating Rieslings with some exotic flavors. Drink 2018-2040.’ 92+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Pinot Gris Grand Cru Geisberg
‘The 2016 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Geisberg is the first vintage produced in this Riesling-dominated cru since 2012. Coming from a tiny plot of 0.6 acres (which gave just 400 bottles in 2016) the wine opens very clear, precise and fresh on the nose, with some ripe tropical fruit aromas and very nice concentration. Although made with 50% or more of “perfect botrytis grapes,” this is a pale, round, piquant and lush wine with remarkable finesse, elegant texture and a stimulatingly salty finish. The wine finished fermentation in the medium-sweet corridor, but the mineral grip and salinity lift this full-bodied Geisberg Pinot into stunning heights. Excellent! Drink 2020-2035.’ 92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2016 Kientzler Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Osterberg
‘The 2016 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Osterberg opens very clear, bright and elegant on the nose, with precise fruit and a lovely mineral freshness. On the palate this is a pretty finessed, linear and almost light Gewurz Osterberg with a highly delicate architecture. It finishes pure and mineral, with great definition and salinity that make this an outstanding aromatic wine of great elegance and subtle complexity. Medium-sweet in taste, but enormously piquant and mineral, this is a great and super elegant Gewurz with food. Highly recommended! Drink 2020-2030.’ 93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2015 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg
‘The 2015 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg opens with an aromatic and intense bouquet of ripe yellow apples and some smoky/dusty flavors. Fresh and piquant on the palate, this is a rich and elegant, seriously structured Riesling with a very long and complex, enormously salty finish. I’d keep the 2015 at least for six or seven years before I pull the cork. The finish is enormously complex and long. Pure and fresh, really stunning for 2015. To Eric Kientzler, this is the best of the warm vintage of the past 10 years. Drink 2021-2040’ 93+ points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2015 Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg
From an east facing vineyard located just above the great Geisberg site. ‘..the Osterberg is more classic and flinty, requiring longer in bottle.’ Tom Stevenson – The Wines of Alsace.
2015 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
‘The 2015 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauville has a clear, deep and slightly smoky nose of crushed stones intermixed with lemon flavors. Full-bodied, fresh and complex, this cru is not fully dry, but elegant, well structured and finessed with good balance. The finish is clear, fresh and pretty aromatic. I’d keep the wine in the cellar for two or three years to drink more Kirchberg and less Pinot. Drink 2020-2028.’ 91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2015 Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
‘The 2015 Muscat Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé is based on 60-year-old Muscat Ottonel and opens deep, pure and spicy/mineral on the aromatic nose. Mouth-filling, piquant and fresh, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously aromatic and precise Muscat with salt, grip and tension. The acidity is really remarkable and the finish stimulatingly salty. Drink 2018-2030.’ 92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com, July 2017.
2012 Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg (Stelvin)
2011 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg magnum – very limited
2010 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg magnum – very limited
2008 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg – very limited
From a steep rocky vineyard behind the village of Ribeauville comes this stunning wine, one of the most classic and long-lived dry Rieslings in Alsace.
2007 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg – very limited
2004 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg Cuvee Exceptionelle – very limited
This remarkable wine sports residual sugar of about 20 gms/ltr to balance its superb acidity and fruit intensity. This will cellar magnificently.