Kientzler Kirchberg Riesling is a full-bodied wine. Characteristically fresh and rich with minerality, this has structure and balance in spades. Made to age, and it will age beautifully for years.
For over five generations, the Kientzler family have been nurturing vines in Ribeauvillé. A heritage name of the region, their wines are prized expressions of Alsace. Today, the family look after close to 14ha of fruit in the region, encompassing substantial Grand Cru parcels.
Pale straw. Very refined, still fairly shut down aromas of licorice and musky nectarine and peach. Then bright and juicy, revealing a multilayered quality to the yellow fruit and mineral aromas. Lovely length and delightful clarity and cut on the savory finish. I am already a huge fan of Kientzler’s Osterberg Riesling, but this wine is a real star this year: in fact, it’s the best Kirchberg from Kientzler I have memory of. Interestingly, I find that Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé is one of the grands crus that performed best in 2016, as just about every grape variety delivered great wines (Kinetzler told me he believes that the marly-clay soils and the windy microclimate of the Kirchberg helped it manage water stress in 2016).
94 points, Vinous (April 2018)
Tingling minerality and a very dry, chewy end. Lots of sucky stony sensation! Very exciting wine.
17.5 points, jancisrobinson.com (March 2018)
The 2016 Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé is still pretty reductive and shows a prominent sulphur note on the nose at this early stage. Full-bodied, fresh and mineral, with ripe fruit and good balance, this is a firmly structured wine with grip, tension and great aging potential. Like always at Kientzler, the wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The addition of sulfur is around 90 milligrams, so readers have to be patient with this Kirchberg. Tasted at the domaine in April, just one week after the bottling.
92+ points, Wine Advocate (July 2017)
The nose is still shy, with hints of lemon. This note also characterize the slender, dry and still-taut palate which also has a textured earthy element on which these lovely bright citrus accents are displayed. The finish is dry on this slender, young wine.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (December 2017)