Located in Alsace’s Haut-Rhin village of Rorschwihr, near Ribeauvillé, lies the family domaine of Rolly-Gassmann, whose roots date back to 1661. The 51 hectare estate (40ha in Rorschwihr, 10ha in Bergheim) is owned and run by Marie-Therese, Louis & their son Pierre Gassmann, along with a team of 17 workers. They work to the principles of biodynamic viticulture yet curiously also apply weed killers. They produce on average 300,000 bottles per annum and they are notable for having more than four years’ stock (1 million bottles) in stock at any one time, which would account for the regular visits by French customers; they only export 20% of their annual production.
This wine showcases Domaine Rolly Gassmann’s classical and opulent style. It’s full-bodied, highly fragrant and long. The nose is scented with ripe stone-fruit and rose petal. On the palate, refreshing notes of crisp apple mingle with sweet lychee and heady jasmine. It’s medium dry, with concentrated plush fruit and a honeyed mouth-feel. Pair this with rich meat pâtés or apple strudel.