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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Classic Riesling 2009
Ripe tropical citrus notes but retained steeliness, and was quite expressive on the palate with texture and ripeness.
Wasn’t as bright or bold, and had a more reductive mineral character with some delicate floral notes.
Cuvée Frederic Emile Riesling 2006
The famous one, and a blend of two Grand Cru vineyards, had a slightly oxidative ripe stone fruit aroma and some richness from some botrytised fruit, and a little warmth that will integrate given some time.
Clos Ste Hune Riesling 2006
A very contemplative wine, both hauntingly ethereal and complex, and yet rich and oily in texture. It is a wine that deserves serious ageing.
Cuvée Frederic Emile Selection des Grains Nobles 2001
Had developed a very truffle peach blossom aroma with some mushroom creaminess on the palate.
Selection de Grains Noble Gewürztraminer 1989
Oppressively reductive and nutty, expressing some smoky mature cheese, with plenty of life left in it.
Returning to Alsace feels like coming home, as I feel an affinity to these wines are producers. After trying so many mediocre pinot gris (not pinot grigio, there is a difference) around the world it is nice to taste true examples of this seemingly elusive variety. It is nice to also visit producers I have visited before, or to visit ones whose wines I am familiar with. And although the weather is almost completely different to July 2010, it felt like only yesterday I was turning into the Domaine Weinbach Clos. They do say that familiarity breeds contempt, or in my case complacency. Much like when I was in Champagne, I got quite lazy updating this blog and now find myself chasing my own tail. No use in dilly-dallying then…
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