2009 Beck-Hartweg "Cuvee Prestige" Riesling

SKU #1067472

Florian Beck-Hartweg, along with parents Michel and Yvette, share the philosophy that great wines aren't made in the cellar but in vineyards. Fermentation and aging is completed only in old oak casks that don't interfere in any way with the taste of the wine (casks are 100 years old or so!). Fermentation is initiated with natural yeasts, and there is absolutely no other addition to the wine other than a small quantity of sulphur dioxide. This newly imported producer follows the organic chart: no chemical products in the vineyards and absolutely no fertilization (chemical or organic. Beck-Hartweg maintains that if the soil is healthy, microorganisms are able to give to the vineyard what it needs. By promoting biodiversity, a better natural resistance against disease and rot is achieved. When all of this is done, it is very easy to spray less frequently and only with natural products (sulfur, copper, and plant extracts). We are excited about these insanely well-priced, limited production wines, and we know that you will be, too.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2011 | Send Email
Yesterday morning, if you were to tell me that one of the best rieslings I would taste in months would come from the Alsace and cost less than $15, I'd probably laugh in your face and get right back to Outlook. Last night, however, Florian Beck-Hartweg poured me something really special: this humble Alsatian riesling for $12.99. What a wine! Great purity, intense citrus, stone fruit and minerality, and just a wonderfully bright, delicious, dry expression of riesling. You should probably buy this. Yep - I think you should buy this.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.