Gustave Lorentz Riesling Grand Cru
Altenberg de Bergheim

In 1995, when Georges Lorentz took over the business, the domaine had 32 hectares of owned vineyards, and bought grapes grown in 120 hectares exclusively in the Bergheim area. Aware of his exceptional inheritance, with his team, they continue striving to produce elegant, well-balanced and food-friendly fine wines.

As well as showcasing the high quality of the Bergheim terroirs in France and around the world, Maison Gustave Lorentz has positioned itself as an ambassador for Alsace wines in general – proof of their diversity, their quality and their individuality.

On the outside the medieval town of Bergheim, the vineyard of Altenberg extends along the south side of the hillock Grasberg, steeply sloping at an altitude of 220-320 metres. At the heart of the Ribeauvillé geological rift, limestone and marls from the Jurassic period overlap and, underneath consists of red calcareous clay soils that are very stony, shallow and rich in fossils. The south-facing exposure, the remoteness of the Vosges mountains, the steep slope and the Bergenbach stream down the hill all foster a warm and temperate micro climate with very regular temperatures and humidity.

Whatever the grape variety, Altenberg de Bergheim Grands Crus wines are complex with a full-body and great concentration, set off by crisp, delicate aromatics. There is a touch of minerality, the acidity is elegant and well-balanced, and there is a slightly savoury note on the finish. They are food-friendly wines that one can enjoy throughout a meal.

AOC Alsace Grand Cru
The notion of Grand Cru appeared in Alsace as of the 9th century. The best terroirs were founded from the know-how and experience of wine-growers who overtime exposed the most remarkable soils on oftentimes impressive slopes all boasting a unique micro-climate. Today 51 areas, classified according to the strict geographical and climatic criteria, compose the mosaic of Alsace Grands Crus. The wines from these areas represent 4% of the total wine-growing region production. These exceptional localities, inspired by the historic core of production, were rigorously classified into parcel areas by the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality), during several committee meetings. From 1975 to 2007, 51 localities were therefore steadily defined with parcel surfaces areas varying between 3 to 80 hectares. Four varietals are usually allowed in the Grands Crus appellations: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. There are however three exceptions to this rule: the blending of varietals is therefore authorised in Altenberg de Bergheim and Kaefferkopf whereas the Sylvaner is allowed in Zotzenberg. 
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