Julien Schaal Rangen Volcanique Riesling Grand Cru 2013


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The Grand Cru Rangen is the only vineyard in Alsace on volcanic rocks. Rock. The hardness of the rock makes the soil stony and its dark colour favours heat retention. This extreme vineyard of 35 years old, is ranging from 320 to 450 m in altitude, faces due south and its slopes are steepest in Alsace (60°). The entire vineyard works have to be done exclusively by hands is very hard conditions. This Riesling has a lovely, intense minerally nose with complex lime fruit, a touch of honey and some spice. Rich but bone dry palate with lovely mineral extract and intensity. Quite tight with good acid structure.

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Producer Information: Julien Schaal

Julien is a French winemaker who started his career at Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe in Chateauneuf du Pape, but has also worked at Bouchard Finlayson and Newton Johnson in South Africa. Julien must be one of the hardest working men in wine producing wines in two continents since his mid-twenties.

He produces some critically acclaimed Grand Cru Riesling in Alsace. At Handford we have been big fans of his exceptional and incredibly well assembled Chardonnay’s that come from cool, high altitude vines in the fashionable region of South Africa's Elgin.

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