Alsace, located on the northeastern border with Germany, is a unique region in France. In fact, the region has changed hands between German and French control several times over the past hundred or so years! Protected from cold fronts and rain that hit northern France by the rain-shadow effect of the Vosges Mountains, it is actually one of the driest and warmest regions in France in the spring and summer months. The valley was created by a Graben, or collapse of a mountainous formation that caused one of the greatest diversities of soil makeups in Europe!
Domaine Remy Gresser has been a family-operated estate since at least 1540. This Biodynamic producer, located between the two main Alsatian cities of Strausberg and Colmar, holds land in a few Grand Cru vineyards, and makes dry wines from all of the several grapes allowed for production in Alsace - Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Silvaner, and Muscat. Meticulous farmers and winemakers, their vineyards are generally classified by soil type. The Kritt vineyard is primarily gravelly soils, lending itself to mineral-driven, floral wines.
The Kritt Riesling is full of fresh white stone-fruit, lemon zest, and Jasmine blossom, with a rocky mineral structure that lends itself to aromatic, earthy cheeses, chicken schnitzel, and stewy, hearty vegetable dishes.