Jean-Louis Stoltz | Alsatian author (see wine writers) of Ampélographie Rhénane (1852, published in French and German) in which he refers to Riesling as ‘gentil aromatique’ (gentle aromatic) rather than under its German name, a description Michel Bettane says is ‘entirely consistent with the attempts at rationalisation that marked the brief Napoleonic administration of the Palatinate and German departments. But Stoltz’s Frenchification never really caught on, because Alsatian wine growers insisted on calling Riesling by its German name.’ Stoltz also owned the Alsace grand cru Kastelberg.


Michel Battane, ‘Riesling: Getting back to the Franco-German axis’, World of Fine Wine 7 2005 p144.