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Domaine Rolly Gassmann Sylvaner Réserve Millésime 2019

The grapes for Rolly Gassmann's Sylvaner Réserve Millésime come from parcels of vines planted on clay, marl and limestone soils in the commune of Rorschwihr, Alsace. All 21 different types of limestone known in the world can be found in the soils of this village, and the sub-soil there is similarly diverse. These soils, and the particular climate of the sites were discovered by the monks who first made wine here over 400 years ago, and today some of their methods are still used; vineyard activity is carried out based on the position of the moon and stars, with grape maturity and picking determined by the ripeness of the pips, as well as the skins. Organic and biodynamic practices are used to manage the vineyards, although they are not certified. Following four months fermentation the wine spent around two months on lees and was aged for a further eleven months before bottling. This Sylvaner is a vibrant pale yellow in colour with delicate white flower and nutty aromas. On the palate there are rich grapey flavours, bolstered by a touch of residual sugar and balanced by a taut acidity and saline character. Whilst approachable for drinking now, this wine will also keep for another decade or more.

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Domaine Rolly Gassmann
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Alsace AOC
White Wine
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The vignerons of domaines Rolly and Gassmann have been diligently tending the vines of Rorschwihr and Rodern since the seventeenth century; the Rolly family since 1676 and the Gassmann family since 1611. With the marriage of Marie-Thérèse Rolly and Louis Gassmann in...

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Ian Klawitter
Alsace Sylvaner

I love Sylvaner but this was atypical, on the rich side and lacking crisp acidity. Maybe the 2019 is past its best? I've another bottle of the same to evaluate. Also, the closure looked less than perfect.