The Domaines belonging to the Château de Riquewihr now cover 27 hectares. The Estate wines, “Domaines du Château”, are produced from grapes grown on the best aspected hillsides in Riquewihr. Elegant and eminently fine, their personality is enhanced by an incomparable taste of the terroir. Dry, characteristic, elegant wines that reflect the good taste of those who choose to drink them.
“Les Tonnelles” refers to that part of the Domaines du Château de Riquewihr planted with Pinot noir.
Appellation : A.O.C. Alsace
Vineyard : almost one hectare – average age 20 years
Soil : marl and clay soil
Harvest: the harvest represents the culmination of a year’s work for the grower. The grapes are picked by hand and carefully sorted over. Everything possible is done to avoid crushing them before pressing.
Vinification : the grapes are pressed gradually in pneumatic presses. Only the juice from the first pressing will be used for the Domaine wines. Low pressure pressing, fermentation under temperature control, stoking on lies for 3 to 4 months. Laying in bottle for 12 months minimum.
Eye: Gleaming, deep ruby red;
Nose: “Les Tonnelles” Pinot noir has a powerful, complex bouquet with hints of red fruit (cherry, Morello cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry) and slightly musky notes;
Mouth: extremely fruity, fresh and classy on the palate, it is a truly harmonious wine with a well-structured aftertaste. An all rounder with firm but approachable tannins.
Wine and Food
Perfect with a piece of beef, roast meat, quiche, pâté and very creamy cheeses, it can also accompany an entire meal.