Riesling Au Dessus de la Loi 2020 Marc Kreydenweiss


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France Alsace

Grape variety: Riesling

Characterized by hard acid and solid skeleton

solid skeleton. A fresh, typical Riesling. It has a hard texture and is suitable for long-term storage.

The soil is the same pink (oxidized) sandstone in the 2 ha field adjacent to the Grand Cru Viversberg, and the lower layer is clay. Sandstone provides Riesling with strong acidity and structure. Very clear and fresh. It has a typical Riesling flavor. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 10 months with the lees in a 100-year-old foudle. Due to the revision of the law, the village name can no longer be used, so I named it Ou de Susi de la Roi (beyond the law).

A historic maker representing Alsace

A classic maker boasting a history of over 300 years, but avant-garde, such as etiquette that changes every year, the introduction of biodynamics, and advancement to the Rhone. We are also challenging long-term maceration and amphora.

A maker representing Ba Run

Marc Kreidenweiss is a representative maker of Alsace with a history of over 300 years. Its history begins with the purchase of the convent's fields by the Gressel family.
"I inherited a part of the vineyard of Androw Abbey and started as a grape cultivation farmer, and in the 1850s I started wine brewing and bottling for the first time in this area."
Later, in 1948, the marriage of Dennis Gresser and the Rene Kleidenweiss family led to Domaine Kleidenweiss.

The home base is 13ha in Androw in the Bas-Lan district, downstream of the Rhine River. Almost all of the best vineyards in Ba Rhin are located around Andrew.
“Haut Rhin is high in the Vosges Mountains and produces robust wines. Ba Ran is at a low altitude, but the terrain around Androw is intricate and complicated.』
Andrew has complicated hills and complicated topography. The raised hills have complex soils and terroir. It has the same delicacy and complexity as Haut Ran.
"In 1999, we purchased a 16ha field in Costiere de Nimes. Introduced biodynamics like Alsace. Yield is also kept to 40hl/ha, making a wine with an exceptional elegance for Nimes.”

The current head of the family is the 13th generation "Marc Krydenweiss", but his older brother "Manfred" who joined in 1990 is Rhone. His younger brother, Antoine, is in charge of Alsace.
"Manfred is a field expert and is in charge of biodynamics. Antoine, who joined us in 2004, specializes in brewing, and is in charge of both Alsace and Nimes.”
Their wine in the 90's lost the dignified strength and elegance of Clydenweiss, but with the addition of Antoine, it regained its "likeness".

Biodynamic since 1989

The biggest change in the history of Marc Krydenweiss was brought about by "Marc" who took over the domaine at the young age of 23 in 1971.

In 1984, organic farming was introduced with the aim of highlighting the individuality of each field. Furthermore, the yield is reduced to about half, to 40hl/ha or less.
“In 1989, we introduced biodynamics for the first time in Alsace. Since then, the wine has evolved into a wine that clearly expresses the individuality of each vineyard.”
In the fields, only biodynamic preparations and original homeopathy are used to deal with diseases and pests. In addition, the forest is left as much as possible, allowing nature and vines to coexist.
“Grand crus are in particular contact with the forest. The vine becomes stronger by being influenced by other plants and by being influenced by insects and animals.”
The character of the year depends not only on the vines, but also on the influence of other plants and animals. That is the original nature.

Possessing historical excellent fields

“Soils are complex and can be divided into 14 types. The most common cysts are of various colors. The black cysts are the ones that burnt the blue cysts when the granite rose.”
Basically, in acidic soil, granite gives bitterness and structure, so I plant Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. The schist is planted with Riesling and Pinot Gris.
■ Grand Cru Kastelberg

Typical black cyst soil. Terraced fields on the highest intricate hills in Androw. The must stage is rich in minerals to the extent that it is bitter and tasteless. Soil with only 6 owners and low moisture.
■Grand Cru Wiebelsberg
Slightly gradual southeast facing slope adjacent to Kastelberg. Rare pink (oxidized) sandstone with clay underlay. Sandstone provides strong acids.
■ Grand Cru Moenchberg
Located below the town of Androw on a mixed soil of marl and sandstone that originated from the Ice Age. Gives strength and structure to Pinot Gris. A historic field where the Benedictine monastery has been making wine since 1097. Earliest harvest.
■ Clos du Val d'Eleon
A field cultivated by Marc in 1989 with the same blue cyst as the Mosel. A rare parcel owned by only three people. Surrounded by woods, the wine is cool and mineral rather than fruity. Planting Riesling and Pinot Gris. the latest harvest.