Hierarchy well respected, the Grand cru Zinnkoepflé immediately presents a stunningly complex and intense aromatic profile that is self evident class in a glass, all things fruit/floral/mineral present and harmonized in a dazzling array. In the mouth, the same range of flavors is echoed, with again the kind of flavor presence that dances across the palate in wow worthy fashion, in a particularly tensile dry style this year. The sense of moderation and complexity is wonderful, at once senses filling and digest/appetizing. No big surprise here, as Agathe has been dialed in and then some in her preference for elegance over raw power. From the very top of the hill (the tallest Grand cru in all of Alsace), where the soils are principally limestone, as opposed to the pink sandstone for which the site is most famous. A little * awarded here.
“Straw-green. Captivating aromas and flavors of pomaceous orchard fruit, candied peach and lemon have a multilayered quality. A very precise and graceful wine that finishes vibrant, long and clean. Built for the long haul. This has 13.8% alcohol, 6 g/L r.s. and 8.4 g/L total acidity, which makes that amount of residual sugar hard to discern (so the wine tastes dry and not sweet). Made from vines that are roughly 37 years of age, this is an absolute knockout, and one of the best dry Rieslings I tried in Alsace all year long.” 94 Ian D’Agata for the 2017, NOT THE 2021 OFFERED HERE.