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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Schlossberg Riesling 2010
Lovely bright quince and lime fruit character, and a slightly smoky mineral texture that came very late on the palate.
Mambourg Vendages Tardives Gewurztraminer 2010
Haunting purity of fruit on the nose, and some lovely savoury complexity without being thick and cloying. Both wines were definitely showing their youth, and will live a long time in the bottle.
L’Inedit! Riesling 2009
A nice off-dry balance and gorgeous viscosity and texture on the palate, with a very subtle white truffle stone fruit finish.
Cuvée Ste Catherine 2009
My personal favourite, was showing delicate yet bright pear fruit on the nose, and a slight botrytis character was adding some nice oxidative complexity of white mushrooms.
Cuvée Laurence Gewurztraminer was again very delicate on the nose, showing some youthful musk and rose water, but on the palate was more concentrated in the spice notes and viscosity. The 2009 wines were generally riper and richer, yet still retained wonderful balance and elegance.
Altenbourg Gewurztraminer 2008
More subtle than the Cuvée Laurence and was showing more savoury complexity.
Furstentum Vendages Tardives Gewurztraminer 2008
One of the most restrained yet balanced GWTs I have ever tied, and in maturity will exhibit some lovely rich caramel and spiced toffee notes.
Mambourg Quintessence Selection des Graines Nobles Gewurztraminer 2006
Without doubt the finest dessert wine I have ever tried. It had gentle floral notes on the nose, was exquisitely subtle on the palate, balanced and caressing yet fresh, broad yet focused. It checked every box you could possibly imagine. Simply a revelation, and one that will stay with me.