Ribeauville is a key city of the vineyards of Alsace, situated in the North of Colmar. It is known for its great aging wines.
Three legendary Grands Crus of Ribeauville: Geisberg, Kirchberg and Osterberg.
These vineyards benefit from an annual low rate of rain and fresh winds during nights, which moderate the nocturnal temperature during summer. This allows a slower maturation of the grapes while protecting their sanitary state and at the same time, the aromas and the acidity of wines.
We attented a presentation of the soils of the Grands Crus Geisberg, Kirchberg and Osterberg at the top of the “tour des Bouchers”. We had a magnificent view of the city and the castle Saint-Ulrich. As you can see, it was raining cats and dogs. For my photos, it was not a problem because I like tormented skies which I think are quiet poetic.
Oh and these pretzels… Yummy!
Afterwards we went to the heights of Kirchberg, where another magnificent view was waiting for us.
Ten great wines, were presented by the wine growers.
All were high quality wines, but my favorite were:
– 2013 Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauville, Riesling – Bott Frères
– 2009 Grand Cru Osterberg, Riesling – Louis Sipp
– 2008 Grand Cru Osterberg, Riesling – Cave Coopérative
– 2012 Grand Cru Geisberg, Riesling – André Kientzler
The Bott Frères welcomed us for lunch, before heading back to Belgium.
Once more, thank you so much to CIVA for these 3 days in Alsace. Great encounters, amazing taste experiences and lots of photos for my blog 🙂
The marvelous Domaine Hauts de Ribeauville treehouses will be soon on the blog, stay tuned 🙂
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