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Schoelhammer 2007

This bottle was the second one I had from this wine that year – the Schoelhammer 2007 from Hugel. The Riesling is from a prime section of the Grand Cru vineyard Schoenenbourg behind the village of Riquewihr.

The Schoelhammer site occupies no more than 6000 square metres and is farmed biodynamically. The vines grow at about 300 metres altitude on Keuper marl with 45% clay content.

2007, an excellent year in Alsace, was the first vintage in which this wine was bottled separately. The Schoelhammer from this vintage is a classic example of an outstanding Alsatian Riesling: fresh, mineral with excellent concentration. Lemon zest, fresh grapefruit, some yellow apple, meadow flowers, thyme and other herbs. Lively with a fine salty finish. Very long and intense.