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.
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.
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.