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Riesling Frankstein Grand Cru, Beck-Hartweg 2017/2019
Beck-Hartweg is one of the historic domaines of Alsace which can be traced back to the early 16th century. They’re located in the medieval town of Dambach-la-Ville. At the reins of the estate are Florian and Mathilde, the 16th generation at the domaine and despite their young age (early 30s) they've already gained a solid reputation as a skilled and progressive representative of the future of Alsace.
Respect and increase of life through the soils and vines have been the main focus for the past two generations, with the return of grass in the vineyards from 1982 and organic certification in 2011. Meticulous vinification and ageing (see wines below) are carried out without the use of any additives including SO2; resulting in profound and vibrant wines carried by the typical saltiness and mineral print of Dambach-la-Ville’s emblematic two-mica granite.
Frankstein’s early ripening and warm terroir forces the roots to go deep to find water, nutrients and minerals, which results in a bone-dry, deep and powerful wine straightened up by an extreme salinity. Rock salt, Mediterranean herbs, mint, yuzu and bergamot are all part of its complex, refined and aromatic bouquet.
Producer Domaine Beck-Hartweg
Origin Dambach-la-Ville, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Vintage 2017 or 2019
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Med body natural white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, gently pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast in old traditional foudres for up to 10 months, matured on fine lees. Unfiltred, unfined. No added sulphur
Notes Biodynamic (practising), Organic, Natural