Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Reserve – 2019


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

Riesling is considered to be the first of the 7 Alsatian grape varieties. Recognized as one of the world’s finest white wine varietals, it is a gastronomic wine par excellence. Hillside vineyards near Ammerschwir.

  • Soils: Chalk, clay and granite
  • Vines Planted: 1975 – 2010
  • Vine Training Method: Double Guyot
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Gentle pneumatic pressing of whole grapes
  • Gravity settling
  • Vinification in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
Winemaker's Notes

Floral and expressed citrus aromas, complimented by scents of white flowers. A straightforward attack on the palate, with lively acidity on the lingering and wonderful refined finish.  Refreshing structural acidity creates a well-balanced Riesling.

A perfect companion for charcuteries, grilled fish, smoked salmon, seafood such as oysters, shelfish, crusteceans, calamari and sushi.  Gorgeous with a traditional Alsatian choucroute.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 13%; grown in chalky, clay and granite soils on hills near Ammerschwihr; vines planted 1975-2010; hand harvested and gently whole-cluster pressed; gravity settling; vinification in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Total Acidity: 4.56 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 2.18 g/l

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