Pierre Sparr, Alsace Riesling Grande Réserve 2018

$16.00 Excl. tax
EAN Code:
722455000069

Bone dry with citrus fruits, wet stone, mineral character, fresh and elegant.

Jean Sparr, who founded the Sparr winery in 1680, was born in the Alsace village of Sigolsheim. Over the next 300 years, nine successive generations of the Sparr family worked the land, maintaining and expanding their estate. When Pierre Sparr took over the winery in the early 1900s at the age of 20, his innate business sense made him one of the pioneers in estate bottling in Alsace. His motto was “invest, progress and maintain” — a motto that continues to describe the domaine that is named in his honor, “Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs.”

Pierre Sparr lived through World War II in Alsace and witnessed the destruction of his village of Sigolsheim and its surrounding vineyards. With undaunted determination, he rebuilt the family’s domaine, which had always been one of the region’s most beautiful. His sons, René and Charles, enlarged and replanted the estate’s vineyards and expanded trade with European markets and abroad. Today Maison Pierre Sparr owns 15 hectares (37 acres) of vineyards in the heart of Alsace; and  it sources fruit from another 150 hectares (370 acres) of vineyards owned by growers who  share their philosophy and with whom they have long-term contracts.

Vinification: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic

Aging: Stainless-steel tanks

Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting

Varietal: 100% Riesling

Size: 6 hectares (15 acres)

Vine Age: 30 years

Soil: Granite, gneiss, chalky-clay

Alcohol: 12%

TA: 5.9 g/L

RS: 3.5 g/L

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