Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2021 edition article Get to know Alsace: Good, Better, Best (see blue link below for the review).
Domaine Weinbach, Cuvee Theo Riesling 2018 - November 2021 Decanter review
Awarded 17 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Jancis Robinson MW - in April 2020 (see blue link below).
Domaine Weinbach, Cuvee Theo Riesling 2018 - jancisrobinson.com April 2020 review
See here for our video tasting of this wine, which follows on from one of its Grand Cru brother.
Named after the 'Wine Brook', a little stream that flows through the estate, Domaine Weinbach was founded by Capucin monks in 1612. The house is surrounded by the original 9th Century monastic vineyard, the Clos du Capucin and all of the estate’s wines are now labelled with its name. Two Faller brothers acquired the estate in 1898 and this was duly inherited by Théo Faller. Sadly Théo died in 1979 leaving his estate in the safe hands of a Faller Triumvirate: his wife Colette and his two daughters, Cathy and Laurence – who all contributed to the continued development of Théo’s great legacy. Tragically Laurence died in 2014, far too young at just 47. And then under a year later, Colette too passed away. Alsace had lost two of its most important figures in as many years. Today Catherine is joined by her two sons Eddy and Theo.
Domaine Weinbach owns 26 hectares of vineyards in the Kaysersberg valley in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace at between 200 to 400 metres above sea level. They grow their vineyards organically with a view to quality rather than quantity and hand pick the grapes. Only their own grapes are vinified (unlike many other producers in Alsace who frequently have to buy them in). Ageing is best described as passive, carried out in huge old oak foudres, allowing each vineyard and each specific terroir, along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, to shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines.
For this wine, see/click the link below for data from the winemakers themselves.
Domaine Weinbach, Cuvee Theo Riesling 2018 - fiche technique
Residual sugar = ~6g/litre (so, with the high acidity, this is a dry wine).
Delightful on the nose with aromas of white blossoms and notes of lime. Shows a fine, delicate entry and a nice concentration mid-palate. Offers a wonderful combination of crisp Granny Smith apples and a fine minerality. Juicy with a long, lingering finish.