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.