Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Letzenberg – 2014


Jean-Baptiste Adam

For more than 400 years, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family have been grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr. Throughout the centuries the Adam family has farmed vineyards, made wine, sold wine locally and sold wine in foreign lands. They survived the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, annexation by Germany and back to France, WWI, WWII, famine and disease.

Jean-Batiste V joined the winery in 1982, at the age of 21, after finishing his studies of wine, enology, and marketing. In 1996, Jean-Baptiste took over full management of the property from his father, Jean-Marie. Soon after taking charge of the company, he modernized the winery and created a processing and storage facility for the production of Crémant. In 2003, he converted the vineyards to biodynamic agriculture wholeheartedly. Today, he is considered a leader of biodynamic farming practices in Alsace.

Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to work in the family business. Armed with a BS in Viticulture and Enology, a Wine and Commerce license, and a master’s degree in Wine Management & Marketing, she is an integral part of the business.

Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.


91 Points

The citrus-colored 2014 Riesling Letzenberg opens as a classic limestone Riesling, with beautifully matured and elegant white seed fruit aromas intermixed with pineapple, fresh lemon and delicate earthy/chalky flavors.  This nose is beautifully transparent, fresh and detailed, less exuberant than the 2015, and focused more so on the complex Letzenberg terrior–fascinating!  Opening with a piquant attack on the palate, this is an elegant and pure, rather linear, fresh and mineral dry Riesling that shows more bones than flesh.  It is an excellent representative of the Letzenberg terrior.  It is a very fruit-friendly, rather medium-bodied Riesling with a stimulating tannin grip and salinity in the long, tension-filled finish.  Drink it over the next 8-10 years!  Picked on the 26th September 2014, bottled on 8th July 2015 and tasted in January 2017.  It has 12.91% alcohol.

© Wine Advocate, March, 2017
91 Points

A 2014 that is both ripe and clean with plenty of peach and citrus fruit. This has both body and depth. Very good now, but probably better with a couple more years of bottle aging. Made from biodynamic grapes. Demeter approved., June, 2017