I have been a big fan of the Kitterlé and its more implosive, coiled sense of limestone minerality. The Dirlers know how much I loved this wine in 2014, and they tell me that this is the best iteration since then….. “Implosively calcaire (limestone), a tightly coiled spring of long and delicate purity. Just gorgeous.” I think that I liked this even more than Ian, giving it a little *. I also tasted it a month later than he did, a bit more settled in the bottle……Technical stats: 13.62% alcohol, 6.91 g/L RS, 8.23 g/L acidity. Ludivine and Jean both think that the lineup of ’19 Grand cru Rieslings is outstanding. The Kitterlé is a bottling that I prize in such vertical, bracing years, as it is my kind of rock head delight. Ludivine pointed out exactly these qualities in her tasting note: vertical, mineral, stony, smoky. She also awarded it with her highest mark of three stars ***. For fans of stony Grand cru class in a glass Riesling, this is your stop…..
“Green-tinged, medium-dark yellow. Highly perfumed nose combines pepper, white stone fruit, tangerine, jasmine, crushed stone and mint, along with subtle notes of sweet spices and orange oil. Densely packed but fine-grained, with a sweet-and-sour quality and hardly any impression of weight to the crisp orchard fruit, lemon, mineral and herb flavors. This knockout wine finishes with noteworthy grip and an almost austere quality thanks to its lemony acidity. According to Dirler, the austerity is typical of the Kitterlé, which tends to give crystalline wines. His vines are located in the eastern section of the grand cru, which is less volcanic than the west-facing side.” 93+ Ian D’Agata for the 2014, NOT THE 2019 OFFERED HERE