Not having tasted any pinot noir wines from Alsace, I was not familiar with the style. From a purely unbiased quality perspective I found the pinots from Mure lacked depth and structure, but were very clean pure examples of the variety.
Cote de Rouffach Riesling 2009
Talcy spritzy lime sherbert aroma, full flavour ripe citrus peach and good intensity.
Vorbourg Riesling 2008
Brighter and tighter in the acid structure, with a dusty minerality, less fruit but more expressive.
Clos St Landelin Riesling 2009
Floral wattle lemon barley aroma, was rich and soft on the palate, but requires some cellaring to fully express itself.
Clos St Landelin Riesling 2010
More powerful in its minerality and had a nice dried herbal element, exhibited finesse and elegance with spectacular balance.
Clos St Landelin Pinot Gris 2009
Very subtle smoky cheese charcuterie nose, was lovely and rich on the palate, with great volume and suppleness.
The gewürztraminer wines were a little out of balance, showing too much ripeness and sweetness for the acids and alcohol.
Clos St Landelin Selection de Grains Noble Pinot Gris 2002
Lovely creme anglaise lemon toffee aromas, but seemed to lack the necessary acid balance for longevity and freshness.
Rene Mure wines in bottle and glass
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.