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Schoenenbourg is one of Alsace’s top Grand Cru vineyards, and the winemaker Vincent Sipp comes from a long line of excellent Alsace winemakers.
Stephan Reinhardt’s Wine Advocate review from 2015:
“Clear, bright pip fruit aromas and a good freshness on the pure, deep and stony nose of the 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg lead to a complex and expressive palate. Although the wine is not as ripe, big and concentrated as the 2014 successor, it is still a good representative of the Schoenenbourg with a stimulatingly salty finish.”
“Vincent Sipp, a descendant from the Sipp family whose roots go back to the 17th century, founded Domaine Agapé in 2007 after he separated from his father’s Domaine Sipp Mack in Hunawihr, which is run by his brother Jacques Sipp and his wife Laura. Apropos Sipp: It was Vincent’s and Jacques’s grandfather Louis who founded Louis Sipp at the end of the First World War and then, in the 1950s, together with is oldest son, Jean Sipp. Enough Sipps on the stage, Vincent might have thought and named his own Domaine Agapé, which literally means ‘love in its purest’ form in Greek, with no strings attached. Based at the gates of the historic city center of Riquewihr, Vincent Sipp farms 10 hectares of vines, 1/3 of which is dedicated to the production of grands crus: Schoenenbourg in Riquewihr, Rosacker in Hunawihr and Osterberg in Ribeauvillé. Almost all of the wines are white; there is just one red and a sparkling Crémant d’Alsace. The wines are always dry (or dry styled) and lovely gastronomic. There are surely more sophisticated wines in Alsace, but all of the Agapé wines are modern, food-friendly wines of reliably good quality. They don’t cost a fortune and offer a lot of joy, especially the grands crus.”
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