Domaine Schoffit - Riesling Clos Saint-Theoblad Grand Cru Rangen de Thann 2019
“Welcome to another planet of dry Riesling!” James Suckling
30+ years ago, a young Bernard Schoffit began purchasing land in the Grand Cru Rangen vineyard. I say “land” because most of them were abandoned because they were too steep to work! Check out the picture. Wow. Through determination and a lot of sweat, Bernard has reclaimed and replanted these vineyards.
As James Suckling says, this is a whole other planet for Riesling. It’s just packed and stacked with more intense flavors than you might be accustomed to. And yet, thanks to the extreme slope and Rangen’s volcanic soil, the wine is balanced with intense minerality. It’s been a while since we’ve explored Alsace, and this wine will certainly lead to others! It’s fabulous!
James Suckling: 97 Points
“Welcome to another planet of dry riesling! This is still very young, but has a fascinating nose of red vineyard peaches, wild berries and herbs, plus a whiff of hibiscus. Makes a serious statement on the front palate, but that's only the beginning of this amazing story. Grows and grows as it powers ahead across you palate. Incredible intensity of wet-stone and salty character at the enormous finish, although the acidity is really moderate in the riesling context. Enormous aging potential! From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.” JS
View from the Cellar: 93 Points
However, despite its ripeness level, the wine remains beautifully precise on the nose, offering up scents of fresh lime, pink grapefruit, crystalline minerality, Rangen’s classic, slightly resinous note of fresh rosemary, citrus blossoms and a topnote of lime peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows a beautiful core of fruit, with excellent mineral drive and cut, vibrant acids and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. This carries its alcohol beautifully and will age long and gracefully
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