The group met recently after a brief hiatus to look at a pretty diverse topic. Alsace is a French region very close to my heart having visited twice. It is possibly the most underrated and also misunderstood, which is partly to do with the seemingly unfocused nature (no one key variety or style) and the fact that it has a complicated history (several times it has been part of Germany). In my opinion it is the most beautiful wine region, and the people are some of the warmest in the country, possibly due to their history of oppression and war.
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Pinot Blanc 2010
Bright and fruity on the nose, but very soft and pleasant on the palate, a little light but adaptable with food.
Fronholz Riesling 2009
Very steely quartz minerality, a salty and bold texture, and an underlying honey note.
Muenchberg (not to be confused with the Moenchberg) Riesling 2009
More subtle and supple on the palate, with wonderful elegance and length whilst still being juicy and fresh.
Zellberg Pinot Gris 2009
Showed the influence of barrique maturation, as it had a crunchy oak-derived texture rather than a residual sugar viscosity.
Fronholz Vendages Tardives Gewurztraminer 2007
Not obviously sweet, nor was it particularly dry. Very floral and fresh, it had great integration of acids, sugar, alcohol and texture, but was definitely showing its youth.