Domaine Ostertag Clos Mathis Riesling 2014
This remarkable 0.6 Ha vineyard surrounded by stone walls is located in Ribeauvillé, straight in line with the Grand Crus Geisberg and Kirchberg, on the path to the three castles. The soil is composed of a granitic mother rock and gneiss, with poor fertility. The vines are grown on terraces, on a very steep south-east facing slope which gets a hot and sunny microclimate. The warmth is tempered by cool winds coming from the valley that ends just after the vineyard. This particular location allows slow ripening, preserving acidity and finesse in the Riesling. Hubert Mathis inherited this plot from his parents. He entirely rebuilt it and first sold the grapes to a local merchant, until 1997 when we both decided to reveal this very beautiful and old place which was already esteemed in the middle ages at the times of the Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre. 1997, 1998 and 1999 vintages allowed us to work on the soils and start using Biodynamics there, in order to wake up life and turn the plot into a real terroir. We did not bottle it under its actual single ineyard label until 2000, when we thought we had finally achieved what we were looking for with this wine. It took us three years for that, which can seem long but is really short for grapevines.
The Wine Front – Beautiful perfume of stone fruit, stone fruit nectar, sweet flowers, faint wet stone. It’s an attractive, heady fragrance. In the palate, slippery, sleek, slides around the mouth and finishes in a reasonably lush kind of way. That being said, there’s a lovely undercurrent of clean acidity which neatly matches the slip of runny-honeyed character that defines the wine. Classy riesling holding it’s feel well.
In a mixed or straight case: $66.49