The Riesling Tradition comes from parcels that François Barmès planted on the gently sloping plain just below the steeper Grands Crus, where the loamy soil encourages palpably creamy structure and concentration, along with exotic citrus and yellow orchard fruit aromatics seasoned with salty minerality.
In the glass, the wine has a startlingly rich, saturated yellow-gold color. Aromas of ripe peaches, sun-warmed pears, lemon oil, and crystallized honey, along with bergamot, orange blossoms, and Earl Grey tea move in and out of the foreground as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is sumptuous and harmonious, with layered flavors that echo the nose, including sun-warmed white peaches, elderflower, and white raspberries, all seasoned with the exotic saline minerality that is characteristic of Maxime’s brilliant wines.
About this wine producer: In 1985 Geneviève (Buecher) and François Barmès formed their domaine from the combined land of their families, who had owned vines in the Alsatian town of Wettolsheim since the 17th century. François Barmès wholeheartedly embraced the Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner’s belief in the interdependence of the forces of life, earth, and the cosmos. So in 1995, in order to undo the damage caused by decades of chemically dependent viticulture, he began the transformation of his vineyards to biodynamics. Today his son Maxime carries on with the same commitment to grow the most exciting, terroir-expressive wines in Alsace, taking the discipline of biodynamics a step further: now, whenever possible, he uses a horse in the vineyards instead of a tractor.