Despite the 7th generation to farm his family estate, Jean-Pierre is only the second as a winemaker and grower there. Previously the farm grew tobacco and started to see vines planted in the 1970s.  The domaine is still very much driven by a family-led culture. Vines are raised naturally, with terroir at the heart of the operation and no use of chemicals. Sulphur is very rarely used in the cellar, only when absolutely necessary.

 

A pioneer winemaker for the region, JP was the first to start experimneting with skin-contact techniques for his whites.  And, whilst we adore these it is the Pinots and sparkling wines that we turn to  when given the chance.  Stierkopf comes from the name-bearing vineyard of 30 year old Burgundy clone Pinot Noir vines and is considered to be JP's finest cuvee.  12 days of gentle semi-carbonic whole bunch maceration is followed by 7 months on the fine lees for extra body and texture in the mouthfeel. 

Jean-Pierre Rietsch - Steirkopf Pinot Noir 2018

£34.40Price
  • Name Stierkopf 
    Producer Jean Pierre Rietsch
    Style Red
    Country France
    Region Alsace, Heiligenstein
    Vintage 2018
    Grape Pinot Noir
    ABV % 12
    SO2 Total = 25mg/l
    Production Organic. Vegan. Natural fermentation. Unfiltered. Unfined.  
    Notes Berry + Black Pepper + Dense
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