50 year old vines growing on limestone in the village of Kientzheim. Dry.
More citrus driven, lemons. Mineral. Super freshness and taut acid line. Good length. Stricter, more structured than the Sentiment. Dry honey. Clean and precise.
*Spice, broom flowers, pear skin. Piercing bitter orange and tart citrus. Pear-skin graininess in both texture and flavour with a very faint, underlying edge of petrol/TDN minerality/smokiness. Javelin-force directness and forward drive – this throws a powerful line. And yet the florals are there too, dancing, just out of reach.
16+/20 Tamlyn Currin / www.jancisrobinson.com
About the Domaine
Based in the village of Wettolsheim, Amelie and Charles Sparr are ‘children of the vine’, both from Alsace wine families. Charles comes from a famous negotiant family, while Amelie’s family owned a domaine nearby. When the negotiant business was sold, Charles kept 12ha of vineyards and eventually them with Amelie’s, and their new project was born. Together they have 18ha of vines, including sites in four Grand Cru. Amelie’s family had long farmed biodynamically, and it was clear from the beginning this is the direction they would follow. The domaine was certified by Demeter in 2019. They harvest everything by hand, into small containers to protect the grapes. In the winery they use whole clusters for the whites and a gentle pressing to give the best juice. Fermentations are natural, and of no set length – each cuvée finishes in its own time, before the wines spend around 9 months on the lees. No sulphur is used until a touch before bottling. The reds are de-stemmed and see barrels, but very little new oak is used.