Jean-Baptiste Adam

Gewurztraminer Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru – 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.

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


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
Proprietors Jean-Baptiste Adam, Laure Adam
Founded 1614
Winemaker Mathilde Jaegler and Philippe Ruhlmann
Annual Production 50,000 to 66,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Certified Biodynamic DEMETER since 2007, Certified Organic by EcoCert France