Clos Rebberg Grand Cru Riesling 2008
Amazing toffee and honeycomb vibrancy, and was very delicate and pure on the palate with some savoury cheese elements on the finish.
Wiebelsberg Grand Cru Riesling 2008
A talcier and more herbaceous nose, with savoury smoked honey complexity on the palate with some richness to boot.
Kastelberg Grand Cru Riesling 2008
A lot more brooding and closed than its partners, with a much later dark honey component and more subtle austerity.
Clos Rebourg Pinot Gris 2007
Moved from honey into beeswax honeysuckle, had soft balance and well-contained fruit, with wonderful concentration and elegance.
Moenchberg Pinot Gris 2009
Exhibiting some dark earthy berry components on the nose, complemented by leesy honey notes. On the palate it was showing some nutty texture and richness, and whilst powerful it was still very elegant.
The Marc Kreydenweiss range
On my trip thus far I have had the opportunity to visit quite a few biodynamic growers and producers, from California to Casablanca. With 15% of all vineyards (anecdotal) engaged in biodynamic viticulture in Alsace, this may be considered the unofficial home of it. As an atheist and natural cynic, my initial impression of the biodynamic principles outlined by Rudolf Steiner almost 100 years ago was that it sat somewhere between a cult and a pagan rite. Even after studying the principles through my Masters degree I understood the reasons for doing it, but didn’t necessarily understand the philosophies and some of the practices involved. Perhaps it is also my business and marketing background that makes me a little more cynical about it and it may be a different case if I were an agriculturalist myself. In my trip I have learnt a lot about the concept and met many passionate and committed individuals, but I have also met as many cynics. At the end of the day, if it makes better wine, that is all I care about. I certainly don’t ascribe to gaining certification merely as a marketing strategy, and respect people who truly believe in it to produce healthier soils and vines. My week in Alsace saw me visit many of the top producers using the philosophy, and all three of my visits on the third day were BD producers.