Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Wineck-Schlossberg 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Wineck-Schlossberg sits at the end of the valley, sheltered from the prevailing winds.

  • Aspect: South-Southeast facing slopes
  • Soils: Decomposed granite (muscovite & biotite micas) bedrock; light soils rich in nutrients
  • Vines Planted: 1976
Harvest Notes
  • Nutrient-rich soils lead to early ripening
  • Hand harvested
  • Whole cluster pneumatic pressing
  • Settling at 50ºF overnight
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 68ºF
  • Aged 8 – 12 months in century old French oak casks
  • Aged minimum 18 months in bottle
Winemaker's Notes

The Wineck-Schlossberg is one of the best suitable “Grand Cru” for the Riesling grape variety. It’s such a beautiful crisp wine. Light yellow robe. The nose offers an explosion of pink grapefruit. On the palate a powerful smooth attack, with refined citrusy notes unveiling all the finesse of this wine. The lemon zest on the finish is impressive and long. This finesse is enhanced through the sumptuous and fairly latent acidity. The wine gains in intensity, mainly due to the granite soil which offers up notes of iodine and white spices.

Pair with your best fish and seafood dishes.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 13.5%; Wineck-Schlossberg vineyard; South-Southeast slopes protected from prevailing winds; decomposed granite soils rich in nutrients; hand harvested; gentle whole cluster pressing; cold settling 50ºF; fermented in stainless steel tanks at 68ºF for several months; aged 8-12 months in century old French oak casks; aged in bottle 18 months; Certified Organic and Biodynamic by Ecocert & DEMETER.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.03 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 6.02 g/l
  • Certified Organic and Biodynamic by Ecocert & DEMETER


94 Points

A lifted and ethereal note of dried yarrow rises from the glass above hints of apple and lemon. The palate of this wine is juicy with ripe, green apple and fresh with citrus. It is dry, concentrated, vivid and aromatic. The finish is dramatic and lasting. Drink 2020–2040.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2019

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