Domaine Agapé was established as late as 2007 in the outskirts of Riquewihr. Here Vincent Sipp makes excellent wines, receives its visitors with great kindness and care, selling fine wines at very realistic prices. What more could you ask for?
Agapé is located is the southern part of Riquewihr, in spacious and functional facilities that combine tradition with modernity. In addition to spacious storage areas and a pleasant testing room, it has several apartments that are rented out at reasonable price. A perfect starting point if you want to live comfortably right in the heart of Alsace.
Much has been written about Vincent Sipps earlier, multi-year partnership in Hunawihr before he established Agapé. In itself the history is uninteresting, but maybe the unexpected establishment of Domaine Agapé contributed to the company's very modern way of operation. The wines are technically flawless, the terroirs are expressed in the best way and the product line is consumer friendly.
The product line consists of five parts. The, in terms of volume, most important is called Expression which includes seven varietal wines of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc etcetera. All wines are dry. For example, the Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer have less than 10 grams of residual sugar per liter, which is very moderate.
The flagships are obviously the three Grands Crus: Osterberg in Ribeauvillé, Rosacker in Hunawhir and Schoenenbourg in Riquewihr. Geologically, these brilliant vineyards and very different in terms of Riesling wines express Vincent Sipp all those chips in a textbook manner. But perhaps even more exciting is that Sipp addition, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Osterberg and - even rarer - Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Schoenenbourg. If you get the chance, you should definitely try – and buy – these wines!
In addition to the lines Expression and Grand Cru you should definitely not ignore the firm's Crémant and the red wines made from Pinot Noir. Of the latter the version aged in barrel has a beautiful color and an aroma of carrots, coffee and bitter orange with a crispy, fresh flavor, dense fruit and firm tannins.
In summary: At Agapé Vincent Sipp makes high quality and modern wines that express and respect all what we love in Alsace!
Latest visit: 2013.