Country: France Region: Alsace
Vintage: 2017 Colour:White Style: Dry
Producer: Rolly Gassmann
While the winemaking history of the Rolly and Gassmann families in Alsace can be traced back to the 17th century, the Domaine was not established until 1967 when these two families were joined by marriage. Now run by second generation Pierre Gassmann, the domaine boasts 52 hectares in the Haut-Rhin region, 40 of which are in Rorschwihr and 10 in Bergheim. The family is known for their remarkable collection of vintages; they age and store up to five years’ worth of stock - around 1.5 million bottles - and only release wines that they feel are ready to drink. This particular vision led Pierre to create an impressive new winery, completed in 2019 and nicknamed ‘The Cathedral’ by the locals. This six-tier, state-of-the-art construction, built into the hillside, has brought their gravity-fed vinification facilities, cellar and panoramic tasting-room under one roof.
Tasting Note: The wine is a vibrant pale yellow, with delicate white flower and nutty aromas. One the palate, rich grapey flavours, bolstered by a touch of residual sugar, are balanced by a taut acidity and saline character. Approachable for drinking now, this wine will also keep for another decade or more.
Sustainable, Vegetarian, Practising Biodynamic, Practising Organic, Vegan
Food Match: “Due to its freshness and gentle bitterness, it's the perfect companion for salads, tapas, shellfish and grilled fishes