2017 Julien Schaal "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1395626 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A lovely, very fresh and zesty notion of the palest lemon appears on the nose. That same lemon notion gets far more pronounced on the palate and expands with its measured freshness across the textured palate. There is something smooth and bright yet utterly enlivening on the concentrated core. The finish is dry and gives a serene sense of lemony refreshment. Drink now through 2038. (AK)  (11/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling 'Gypse' is very clear, bright and deep on the complex and mineral nose that represents a coolish, reductive character. Full-bodied and large yet very fine and highly elegant on the palate, this is a pure and persistently salty Riesling with great finesse and remarkable length. It has just a kiss of sweetness, which is perfectly balanced. This is a long-distance runner with a very long and promising finish. A great wine from the steepest part of one of the greatest terroirs in Alsace, this interpretation is all about finesse and pure salinity. It is less powerful and rich than the Rosacker but a very fine Riesling from gypsum soils. (SR)  (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Bright straw-yellow. Intensely perfumed aromas of lime, peach, quinine and talc, complicated by notes of lemon verbena and jasmine. Big, dense and rich, showing very good depth and a slightly glyceral sweetness (6.5 g/L r.s. and a low pH of 3) to the peach and ripe citrus flavors. This inviting wine finishes with lovely breadth and length, not to mention an exotic, powerful aspect that is very typical of this site. Multilayered and classy, this is the best wine I tasted from Schall this year. (ID)  (1/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This creamy, light- to medium-bodied white shows lovely integration, weaving vibrant acidity and a streak of salinity with a broad mix of pink grapefruit granita, verbena and Thai basil flavors. Drink now through 2027. (AN)  (12/2018)

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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
This perhaps the loveliest Riesling from all that Julien Schaal has to offer. Rich and deep in flavor, dry, mineral, combining lovely freshness and crisp acidity with bright orchard fruit, hints of honey and meadow flowers. It's such a multidimensional and complex wine that it keeps changing and opening up in the glass continuously. I consider this a special treat to be able to enjoy such high quality Riesling from one of the most prized vineyards in Alsace at such low cost! Do not miss this opportunity.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2019 | Send Email
Out of all of the 2017 Schaal Rieslings the "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru is my favorite. The balance between petrol, saline and flinty-ness with intense orchard fruit flavors is spectacular. There is so much energy in this wine it almost crackles on your palate. The nose is enticing, the palate is lively and the finish deftly lingers as each flavor echoes then slowly fades away like waves crashing and retreating from the shoreline. To be able to get an Alsatian wine of this quality for under $20 is a no-brainer buy as it gets!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2025

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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.


- 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.