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2018 Domaine Barmes Buecher Riesling Clos Sand

Alsace, France

A textural Riesling with great minerality from this family domaine in Alsace.

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About the Wine

Alsace is one of France's premier wine regions, where Riesling very much reigns supreme. The terroirs often produce Rieslings which are quite different in character to those found further north in Germany, often being drier and with higher alcohol and usually more floral notes.

The grapes for the Domaine Barmes-Buecher Riesling Clos Sand come from relatively young vines, with an average age of 19 years, occupying 0.42 hectares. After a fermentation with natural yeasts, the wine rests on its lees for ten months. The resulting wine shows hints of blossom, apple and citrus, with a saline edge to it and wonderful texture. Drink now or save for later.

About Domaine Barmes-Buecher

Domaine Barmes-Buecher was established in 1985 by Francois Barmes and his wife Genevieve (née Buecher), after combining parcels of land owned by their respective families in the village of Wettolsheim, not far from the German border. From the start, the 17 hectares were farmed biodynamically, with the varieites of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Auxerrois.

In 2011, Francois died tragically, so siblings Sophie and Maxime stepped up to help out their mother, with Maxime overseeing the winemaking, while all take a very hands-on approach in the vineyard to keep producing excellent fruit and make distinctive wines. Of the seven vineyards, 3 are designated as Grand Crus.

Siblings Sophie and Maxime Buecher with their mother Genevieve in the vineyard
Siblings Sophie and Maxime Buecher with their mother Genevieve in the vineyard
Alsace, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

This 'Clos' (42 ares) sits on a 40-50 % slope of granite terrain at an altitude of 350 to 400 meters overlooking the village of Wettolsheim. This stunning setting is surrounded by woodland creating a fresh and cool microclimate. This combination of geological and climatic factors results in a remarkable wine with crystalline and saline notes.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2045
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vineyards of Domaine BarmesBuecher
The vineyards of Domaine BarmesBuecher
Alsace, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

16Points
Jancis Robinson

"Bergamot, sorrel. Bronze and green bracken in gullies of tumbling black rocks. Bite and green-chilli heat and yet there is a kind underwater-sea-green coolness that pulls the wine away from its edges." Tamlyn Currin (Jancis Robinson)

93Points
The Wine Front

"It’s meant to be one of the more spectacular sites in Alsace and set at a wildly steep angle on granite soils. Can’t help but thinking that ‘Clos Sand’ sounds like some edgy natural wine producer or a smooth jazz band. Either/or. Organic farmed here. "Powerful, tight and precise. A flinty, minerally white of immense velocity and chewy, puckering tension. Scents of citrus blossom, wet slate, green apple. Flavours citrus on green apple, more of the flint/slate-like mineral things, amazing dart-shaped thrust of wine. Impressive, fantastic and textural riesling that drinks ballistically now, but I wager even better in a decade or more." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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