Jean-Baptiste Adam

Gewurztraminer Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru – 2014

Region: FRANCE - ALSACE

Jean-Baptiste Adam

In May 2014, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family celebrated the 400th anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr, Alsace, France. Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to participate in the family wine business. Through the centuries family members have been leaders in their community. Now, Jean-Baptiste can count himself among the leaders of biodynamic farming in Alsace. Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.

Grapes / Soils

Gewurztraminer Planted 1955, 1965 Granite & limestone 3 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Size of vineyard (acres): 3
  • Soil composition: granite and limestone
  • Training method: double Guyot
  • Elevation (feet): 990
  • Vines/acre: 2850
  • Yield/acre (hl): 13.63
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Year vineyard planted: 1955/1965
Harvest Notes
  • Aging container: century wooden cask
  • Size of aging containers: from 12hl to 78hl
  • Cooperage: French
  • Length of aging before bottling: between 8 and 12 months
  • Length of bottle aging: minimum 18 months
Winemaker's Notes
  • Varietal composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
  • Harvest time: end of September
  • Number bottles produced of this wine: about 3500
  • Fermentation container: century wooden cask
  • Length of alcoholic fermentation: between 4 and 8 months
  • Fermentation temperature (°F): controlled from 68 to 76 F
Technical Information
  • Alcohol (%): 12.32
  • pH level: 3.55
  • Residual sugar (grams/liter): 68
  • Acidity H2SO4 (grams/liter): 3.26

Reviews

91 Points

The 2015 Gewurztraminer Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes displays a very clear, pure, fresh and aromatic bouquet with classic spicy/peppery Traminer flavors, such as cloves, roses, lychees and citrus fruits.  In this case the Kaefferkopf shines through with its flinty and herbal flavors.  Full-bodied, round and elegant, this is a lovely, aromatic and finessed Gewurztraminer whose sweetness is a bit too high for my personal taste, but balanced by good acidity (analytically just 2.59 grams per liter!) and transparent minerality.  The finish is clear and fresh, shows a nice grip and tension, and is really stimulating.  Fine tannins here as well.  The 2015 was picked September 29th, bottles May 17th 2016 and tasted in January 2017.  It has 13.9% alcohol and 34.27 grams of residual sugar.  Drink Date 2017-2029.

© Wine Advocate, March, 2017

92 Points

On the nose, there is a hint of apple freshness amidst the peachy honeysuckle notes.  These aromas also dominate the off-dry sweetish palate.  The sugar helps to lend lusciousness to the fruit notes while apple and citrus freshness brighten and enliven alongside a lovely bitter edge.

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2017

General Info

Country France
Region ALSACE
Appellation(s) AOP ALSACE – AOP CREMANT D’ALSACE- AOP ALSACE GRAND CRU -AOP VENDANDES TARDIVES- AOP SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES
Proprietors JEAN-BAPTISTE ADAM
Founded 1614
Winemaker JEAN-BAPTISTE ADAM
Annual Production 600 000 to 800 000 BOTTLES
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC CERTIFIED ORAGNIC AND DEMETER