Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Vendanges Tardives – 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Soils: Granite
  • Vine age: over 30 years
Harvest Notes
  • Delayed harvest to increase sugar content and development of Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot)
  • Hand harvested and berries selected for maximum sugars concentration
  • Pneumatic pressing
  • Settling by gravity
  • Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks
Winemaker's Notes

A harmonious yellow in the glass. This late harvest Riesling exudes mineral scents, freshly cut grass and rhubarb.

Serve as an aperitif, with pan-fired liver accompanied by a compote of rhubarb, or at the end of a meal with a Fourme d’Ambert cheese.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling, alcohol: 11%; residual sugar: 90 g/l; grown in granite soils; vines over 30 years old; late manual harvest and berry selection to concentrate sugars and encourage Botrytis Cinerea development; pneumatic pressing; gravity settling; fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling grapes
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Total Acidity: 3.96 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 90 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