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Alsace Willm Reserve Riesling 2020
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Background
The Riesling is the King of Alsace and among the world's greatest grapes. The juice is white and the wines are dry, racy with great definition of the fruit. Grown on mineral soils, it expresses floral and mineral character offering great ageing potential. In Alsace, Riesling acquires distinctive concentration perfectly balanced by the acidity. It is one of the best wines to dine with.

Food pairing
oysters, sushis, fish, scallops, goat cheese, poultry.

Winery Technical Data
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #47124
Location at store: 63a
Item Description
Background
The Riesling is the King of Alsace and among the world's greatest grapes. The juice is white and the wines are dry, racy with great definition of the fruit. Grown on mineral soils, it expresses floral and mineral character offering great ageing potential. In Alsace, Riesling acquires distinctive concentration perfectly balanced by the acidity. It is one of the best wines to dine with.

Food pairing
oysters, sushis, fish, scallops, goat cheese, poultry.

Winery Technical Data
The Riesling is the King of Alsace and among the world's greatest grapes. The juice is white and the wines are dry, racy with great definition of the fruit. Grown on mineral soils, it expresses floral and mineral character offering great ageing potential. In Alsace, Riesling acquires distinctive concentration perfectly balanced by the acidity
2016: Vintage with a relatively mild winter, hot and sunny summer and then a cool autumn to reach the maturity of the grapes intended for the production of still wines in mid-September.
- 100% Hand harvesting
- Extended and soft pressing
- 4-6 weeks controlled fermentation in stainless steel
- Maturing on the fine lees for another 2 to 3 months
Pale yellow with golden hints
Nice aromatic intensity, citrus and white flowers notes.
Straight forward, fresh, good acidity, good persistence, citrus notes.
Crustaceans and shellfish, fresh, smoked, grilled or en terrine fish, sushi’s, sashimi’s, white meats or poultry in cream sauce, sauerkraut, goat cheeses.
Alcohol : 12,2% vol.
Residual sugar : 4,54 g/l
Total Acidity: H2SO4 : 4,32 g/l
Aging potential: Enjoy it now or keep it up to 5 years.

Ageing
The juice is decanted in order to begin the winemaking with a clean and clear must. We inoculate with selected neutral yeasts to start the alcoholic fermentation. The fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats (64 Fahrenheit / 18 Celsius) and takes between 4 to 6 weeks. It is followed by a maturing on the fine lees for another 2 to 3 months. The wines are then racked, cold stabilized and go through a light filter (Kieselguhr). The wine is then finished and stays in tempered tank until the bottling. The wines are generally bottled between 8 and 10 months following the harvest.

Estate
In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard. Willm has always been concerned with revealing the best of its terroirs and sharing its exceptional wines with the whole world. Thanks to the adventurous founder Emile WILLM, the estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930s, after prohibition laws were lifted. Their wines are celebrated for their blend freshness, minerality and elegance; they are synonymous with tradition, terroir, purity and refinement.

Tasting Notes
Pale yellow with golden hints
Nice aromatic intensity, citrus and white flowers notes.
Straight forward, fresh, good acidity, good persistence, citrus notes.

Vinification
This was a vintage with a long and hard winter, beautiful days in March, but 2 nights of frost in April which interrupted the growth and proved to be devastating. Continuing cool temperatures resulted in the loss of 35% of the harvest. It is also the fifth hottest summer in the last 40 years. A small crop and quite warm weather led to rapid maturing of the healthy grapes, deeply concentrated in flavor. Vill without doubt be one of the best vintages of the decade.
About Alsace Willm
OUR STORY.
Founded on a passion for winemaking and a commitment to excellence, the Maison Willm has been satisfying epicurean palates for over 120 years with its refined and unique wines.

Known for their complex fruit and authenticity, these wines are the product of years of hands-on experience and know-how passed down from generation to generation.

The story begins in the small town of Barr in 1896, in the heart of the famous Clos Gaensbrœnnel. Situated at the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the region benefits from a dry and sunny microclimate with clay and limestone soils, which together give the terroir its exceptional quality.

A unique terroir.

At the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the Willm family founded the Willm wine estate. This winery is characterized by a unique terroir and diverse landscapes, the embodiment of an exceptional wine region. The terroir enjoys a dry, sunny micro-climate with primarily granite and clay-limestone soils, bringing freshness, precision and finesse to the wines. Due to the sloping nature of the grounds, however, exploitation of this land presented a great challenge.

Resident Adolphe Willm was taken by this quality, and had a deep fascination for working the terroir. Initially pursuing multiple careers as both restaurant owner and winegrower, his passion for this terroir quickly drove him to a single devotion: he embraced the challenge of exploiting this terroir as a full-time winegrower, giving birth to the Maison Willm. These three hectares of vines produce one of the world's best Gewurztraminers: the exceptional Clos Gaensbrœnnel.

Refined wines, quickly exported

These dry, mineral wines were particularly well-received by Anglo-Saxons. In the 1930s, Willm began internationalizing his wines. They were among the first Alsace wines to be exported to the United States at the end of the Prohibition Era, served on the famous transatlantic liner, France.

Legend has it that bottles of the voluptuous Clos Gaensbroennel could be found in Al Capone's wine cellars in 1939!


Vision & Ambitions

Then ...

Before the Maison Willm was known for its wines, it was primarily renowned for its escargots à l'Alsacienne. This old recipe, which consisted of cooking the snail in a broth of spices and white wine, was one of the Maison's first successful businesses. Adolphe Willm wanted to focus on the association of gastronomy and winemaking before devoting himself uniquely to the latter. The success of the Willm wines quickly expanded beyond the borders of the Alsace region, making it one of the first Alsatian wines sold in the US and Canada.

Now...and tomorrow...

Since its official foundation under the name "Alsace Willm," the Maison Willm has become world-renowned. In Japan, in Taiwan, from Italy to Canada and the US, these wines have earned a reputation worldwide as both refined and accessible, and are known to pair seamlessly with a diverse array of foods.

Along with our ambition to become the leading brand in Alsatian wines, our historical know-how and our unique terroir are seen as major attributes for emerging markets. Today heirs of the Maison Willm, our 6 winegrowers immortalize this know-how in the respect for the traditions and for the nature.
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