Since taking over the family domaine in 2000, Agathe has garnered a reputation as one of Alsace’s “comets in the sky”. Quantities from the 5ha estate are small and demand is high making the wines sell out fast. The vines are located around the village of Westhalten in the south of the Alsace region. Around one third of Agathe’s vines are in the Grand Cru of Zinnkoepflé - reaching up to be Alsace’s highest peak at 420m, with south/south-eastern exposures and wonderfully sheltered - with the remainder in what is known as the Noble Valley. Agathe works this terroir by hand and by heart, organic principals and herbal & biodynamic preparations all contributing to the health and vigour of the vines. This land is tied to Agathe’s experiences from early childhood tasting with her grandmother and grandfather. Production for the 5ha estate, although limited in number of bottles, covers all the noble varieties and styles of the regions and wonderfully exhibits the profound textural weight and verve of the region.
Agathe Bursin Riesling Dirstelberg 2017
Bright straw-green. Minerals, green apple and white flowers on the nose and palate. Rich and round with a large, spherical mouthfeel as is typical with wines from this site, which always delivers size over finesse. A twinge of lemony acidity provides lift and staying power. Residual sweetness is paired with robust total acidity that helps make the wine taste dry.From old vines in the east facing portion of the high elevation Dirstelberg with the famed grès rose (pink sandstone) soil.