Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru – 2018


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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Beautifully sunny Kaefferkopf vineyard awarded Grand Cru status in 2007, stretched over several sub-Vogosian hillsides.

  • Altitude: 650 – 1050 feet
  • Soils: Granite and silica with clay and limestone subsoils
  • Vine Age: 53 – 68 years
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Pneumatic whole cluster pressed
  • Cold settling at 50ºF overnight
  • Feremented using only indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 68º F
Winemaker's Notes

Exotic and expressive aromas enlivened with citrus notes.  A rich, well-structured palate supported by minerality and fine acidity. The attack is complex, fresh and full. It finishes with beautiful salinity and juicy, mouth-watering crispiness.

Pair with lightly seared perch, seabass with vanilla butter sauce.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 13.4%; Grand Cru Kaefferkopf vineyard across several sub-Vogosian hillsides; silica and granite with clay-limestone subsoil; vines 53 – 68 years old; hand harvested; cold settling at 50ºF overnight; gentle whole cluster pressed; vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks at 68ºF; certified Organic and Biodyamic by EcoCert and DEMETER.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 13.4%
  • Total Acidity: 3.58 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 5.7 g/l
  • Certified Organic and Biodynamic by EcoCert and DEMETER


93 Points

Only the faintest note of lemon can be made out on this wine’s shy nose. Lemon ripeness, brightness and juiciness gets their due on a flowing, viviacious and sinuous body that is breezy with zest and gentle with blossomy ease, anchored by a mouthwatering, zesty core.The finish is dry and long.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2020

93 Points

Growers in Ammerschwihr for more than 400 years, the Adams own 42 acres of vines and farm another 10 acres, all certified biodynamic by Demeter. Kaefferkopf is their prize holding, on a steep hillside just south of town. Jean-Baptiste Adam presents this floral riesling with a graciously light touch. It smells like a fresh pear and a white rose, deepening to nectarine and apricot with a day of air. The fruit development drives the complexity of the wine, long and gentle, ultimately savory. This would be delicious with the simplicity of fresh pears and clotted cream.

Wine and Spirits, October, 2021

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