Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru – 2017


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

Riesling Planted 1955-1970 Granite, silica,  limestone & clay 3.4 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Beautifully sunny, the “Kaefferkopf” hill is our pride. It stretches over several sub-Vosgian hillsides located right in the heart of the vineyards, between 790 and 1,050 feet altitude. The geology of the siliceous and granitic soil with a clay and limestone sub-soil, makes it an exceptional terroir.

  • Organic grapes certified by ECOCERT and DEMETER
  • Vine age: 50-65 years
  • Soils: Granite and silica with clay and limestone subsoil
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Gentle pressing of whole grapes in pneumatic press tank
    Cold settling at 50ºF  for one night
  • Vinification in stainless steel tanks with temperature control at 68ºF
Winemaker's Notes

An expressive and exotic nose which is accompanied by notes of citrus fruit. In the mouth, we discover a well-structured wine with a lot of richness, underlined by a fine acidity and minerality. The attack is full, complex and fresh. The end of the mouth is salty and crispy.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 12.97%; vine age: 50-65 years; soils: silica and granite with clay-limestone subsoil; organic gapes certified by ECOCERT and DEMETER; hand harvested; cold settling at 50ºF overnight; gentle whole cluster pressing; vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks at 68ºF.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling grapes
  • Alcohol: 12.97%
  • TA: 5.02 g/L
  • RS: 6.02 g/L


94 Points

Both earth and hints of pineapple accompany apple notes on the nose of this wine. The palate is concentrated, bundled around a central vein of zesty, ripe lemon freshness. A lovely texture gives the feeling of body despite the slenderness. The finish is clean, dry and appetizing.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2019

90 Points

Here’s a medium-bodied dry riesling with a very attractive balance of citrus and pear fruit, plus a touch of sherbet, discreet tannins and lively acidity. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now., November, 2020

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