The Heisse Wanne (literally the Hot Tub), from a sweet spot within the Kessler Grand cru, is a powerhouse of a wine, with deep resonating mineral impact that is like a rumbling earthquake of palate shaking power. I think Ian’s score is very very conservative here, again making me question if I got to glimpse the wine in a better state just a month further down the road. My note: “Holy shitballz!! Crazy intense, powerfully imploded palate staining minerality, with a seamlessly resonating interplay of fruit, floral, and mineral depth. There is no doubt about it…..” As always, this is a reference point example of dry Alsatian Riesling at its very best…..a little * awarded here….technical stats: 13.33% alcohol, 5.78 g/L RS, 8.29 g/L acidity. This is another bell ringer in 2019, as it captures the power of the Kessler without excess; it is powerful, with a citrus zest, persistent smokiness, and crazy intense minerality. This is another *** recipient in Ludivine’s book, and simply class in a glass, as it so often is…..
“Pale straw-green. Very closed aromas of white stone fruits, crystallized ginger and chamomile, lifted by a minty nuance. Rich and round but reticent in the mouth too, entering resolutely dry with plenty of lemony acidity but finishing off-dry with ripe tropical fruit notes. Not presently as open as the Kessler, but with deeper and riper flavors than the Kessler Riesling; the Heisse Wanne plot is located in the heart of the Kessler grand cru and grapes there ripen especially well, making for generally bigger, bolder wines. This one will develop slowly and improve further.” 94+ Ian d’Agata for the 2014, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE