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Domaine Leon Beyer – 21/02/2012

Riesling 2010
A very tropical lime aroma reminiscent of a caipirinha on Ipanema beach, and was juicy and concentrated on the palate with a clean finish.

Les Escaillers Riesling 2008
Complex pie crust and caramel honey aromas overlaying the kerosene and lime, and had a toasted hazelnut mid-palate texture.

Comtes d”Eguisheim Riesling 2007
More nougat and orange blossom aromas, was more voluptuous and rich on the palate, but was developing quickly due to the sample bottle being a half-bottle.

“R de Beyer” Riesling 2004
Some rich ripe passion fruit and minerality on the nose, and was surprisingly fresh on the palate for its age.

Comtes d’Eguisheim Pinot Gris 2007
A bold and slightly wild nose of spices and pear, and on the palate managed to sit perfectly between dry and sweet, with some toasty and oily texture and viscosity.

Comtes d’Eguisheim Gewürztraminer 2007
Smoky rubbery reductive character on the nose, but was very powerful and yet mellow on the palate, with some salted caramel complexity.

Comtes d’Eguisheim Gewürztraminer 2003
Certainly pushing the wildness and had picked up some fatty volume and richness from age.

Selection de Grains Noble Gewürztraminer 1998
Significantly more subtle on the nose than the previous two, and was exhibiting treacly molasses and cookie dough volume whilst still retaining some freshness and acidity.

Traditional foudre barrels at Leon Beyer

Traditional foudre barrels at Leon Beyer

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Palette fatigue (Alsace, France – Day One)

In 2010 the Alsace region was one of the five I visited whilst I travelled in France for three weeks, and was thus the second region that I would be returning to in Europe. Much like Champagne it is quite a different sight to see in winter compared to summer, but unlike Champagne has its own natural beauty not reliant on vines covered with leaves. The region is as I remember it, and supported my comparison with the Pfalz region. It should be noted that Alsace is not Germany, nor is it really France. The people here are very relaxed and generous, and certainly more humble than their counterparts in other French wine regions. One similarity they have with their German neighbours is their focus on single varietal wines, and a lot of them. In my honest opinion there is not one outstanding variety like there is in the Pfalz, but three (riesling, pinot gris and gewürztraminer). Between the numerous varieties and the dry and sweet wines, along with the classifications of vineyards, each producer may have as many as 30 wines at any given time, which would suggest dilution and confusion. I think it is both fantastic for variety, and also challenging to be able to promote such varied styles.

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