Barth Rene Riesling 2012

This sustainably farmed, dry-styled Alsation Riesling from winemaker Michel Fonne is a perfect example of the bridge between the German and Austrian styles for this grape.



Alsace is the great exception to the French tradition of naming wines after their place of origin--here varietal nomenclature is the thing. But this does not do anything to alter the fact that the wines of Alsace are very French, perhaps having more in common with Burgundies than with what the colleagues on the other side of the Rhine make from this variety. Winemaker Michel Fonne inherited his uncle Rene Barth's winery and maintained the label and name to produce classic Alsatian wines in his village of Bennwihr in the acclaimed Haut-Rhin subappelation of Alsace. Farmed sustainably on sandstone soils, the grapes are pressed gently and the juice settles at only 40 degrees to later ferment on its native yeasts. This classic Alsatian riesling shows both fruit and floral notes, with good minerality and a solid acid structure.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard sustainable
Winemaker Michel Fonne
Producer Barth Rene
Alcohol 12.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.20
Acidity (g/l) 8.10
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Drink young
Grape Variety 100% - Riesling
Body light
Sweetness dry
region Alsace



The magical land between the Vosges and the Rhine is best known as a region offering many gustatory delights, both upon the plate and in the glass. The region was home to a very early version of "weight-watchers" when the Societe des Maigres (the League of Lean Men) was founded in the seventeenth century.

Alsace offers a diversion from one primary characteristic of French winegrowing districts, in that the wines are labelled with the name of the grape variety, rather than that of village or region. And it's worth noting that while the names of these varieties are often Germanic, like Riesling and Gewurztraminer (without the umlaut in French), the style of the wines has more similarity to that of Burgundy than it does with the bottlings from the other side of the Rhine.

German ownership of Alsace between 1871 and 1918 did little to change this. Other notable wines are made from Pinot Gris, Muscat, Pinot Auxerrois and Sylvaner, though the latter two are still excluded from Grand Cru status in most cases.



The name meaning "Upper Rhine", this is the smaller of the two departments that make up Alsace. However, the district is home to most of the finest wines produced in the province. It runs from just between Ribeauville and Selestat in the north, all the way down to the Swiss border at Basel in the south.

SKU: 2173
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