Dry Muscat knows no greater nobility than the best of Alsace, with this ’16 Kirchberg one of the finest that Ian D’Agata has ever reviewed….based on what I already have tasted in Grand cru ’16 Muscat from the Dirlers, I can imagine this one being a knockout. This is a very small production for them, once again, beautiful things in small packages being oh-so-worthy…Get some!
Technical stats: 12.88% alcohol, 0.76! g/L RS, 5.5 g/L acidity.
“Pale straw-green. Pungently floral and minty grapefruit notes on the deep nose. Then ripe and rich on the palate, with an insidious hint of sweetness despite this qualifying (at least numbers-wise) as a classically dry white wine (only 2 g/L residual sugar). Finishes with a bracing whiplash of limy acidity. Knockout, very perfumed 100% Muscat Ottonel (a rarity in Alsace, as usually there is a small percentage of Muscat d’Alsace also included for added structure); Kientzler owns two parcels of old vines of this grape variety, planted in 1971 and 1978.” 94 Ian D’Agata