2011 Schieferkopf (Chapoutier) Riesling Lieu-Dit Buehl
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $27.94 (reg. $49.94)
Today’s 2011 Schieferkopf Rieslings is an explosive opportunity for those who love dry Alsatian Riesling, and it’s made by one of France’s greatest vignerons! Legendary Michel Chapoutier is pretty well known for making some of the best Syrah in the world, but now he’s gone from Rhone to Rhine with his new Alsatian label, showing that a brilliant vigneron can’t be bound by a single grape. The 2011 ‘Lieu-Dit Buehl’ is a versatile, complex and age-worthy Riesling at a price you absolutely never see for wine at this level.
Michel Chapoutier had his very first harvest in Alsace in 2009, and the quality he has achieved there is right in line with his world-famous Syrah. As a result of his reputation, we were pretty excited to be able to get our hands on this, and it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Sourced from the Lieu-Dit vineyard of Buehl, this is not sweet, but racy and dry with notes of green apple, citrus peel and wildflowers. The laser like focus and structure of this Riesling makes it a tremendous food wine and will have the classic longevity Alsatian Riesling is known for. Riesling is often called a real ‘wine-drinkers wine’ for its popularity among sommeliers and writers who call it their desert-island grape (if they had to pick just one!) The Schieferkopf Buehl will age for well over a decade, and at only $27.94, it is clear proof that Alsace is still one of the greatest underappreciated gems in the world of wine.