Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Saering 2014

This is a delicious grand cru riesling from Domaines Schlumberger in Alsace. Towards gold in colour, its aroma reminds of steel and lemon zest. The palate is firm with a rich body, racy acidity and good length on the finish. You can approach it now, but this wine has years of cellaring ahead of it. […]

Dopff au Moulin Pinot Gris Alsace 2017

The first of three pinot gris posts, each of them representing different styles.  This Alsation pinot gris has a quite distinctive aroma of candy, pears, pear spirits and florals.  The palate is dry with fresh acidity and medium length. Overall, a pleasant enough, current drinking rendition of pinot gris that is very different from the […]

Paul Blanck Schlossberg Grand Cru Alsace Riesling 2011

Schlossberg is an 80 hectare grand cru in Alsace that is situated eight kilometres from Colmar, overlooking the Weiss Valley.  The Vins Alsace website actually has a lot of further information, including some very cool interactive maps that highlight the region’s stunning beauty.  You can find it here.  This wine from Paul Blanck is a very […]

A couple of red Bordeaux and an Alsace pinot noir

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas. Here are a couple of red Bordeaux that are sub $30, and an Alsace pinot noir for obscurity’s sake. Trimbach Pinot Noir Reserve Alsace 2013Presents as Burgundy like and represents pretty good value for $33. Restrained and savoury, with sour cherry and minerally aromatics. The palate […]

An outstanding Burgundy tasting of pre-2003s

I attended this amazing tasting back in April.  It was almost a case study in outstanding premier cru and grand cru red Burgundy with 15 or more years of age on the wines.  Only two wines missed the mark – one due to cork taint, the other presenting as simplistic (for a grand cru) due to suspected […]

W. Gisselbrecht Schiefferberg Single Vineyard Riesling 2013

This wine, an Alsace riesling, was spotted for sub $20 at a big box retailer.  And it’s pretty good too.  It has quite pungent lemon, metal and stone aromatics.  The palate is about line and length, with very high acid helping cut through its mid weight body.  Some fruit sweetness and the high acidity helps […]

Paul Blanck Alsace Riesling Rosenbourg 2010

It is true, I neither buy nor drink enough riesling as I should.  German riesling, Alsace riesling, Clare and Eden Valley riesling, Austrian riesling, all unduly neglected.  I don’t really even have the excuse of price with Clare and Eden Valley riesling – both are well underpriced relative to quality.  This wine from Paul Blanck […]

Dopff au Moulin Riesling Alsace 2011

This is a solid, if unspectacular riesling.  A pale intensity lemon in colour, it has aromatics that are youthful and remind of lemon, lime, stones, lemon peel, talc and flowers.  The palate is dry, has medium to high acid, and expressions of lemon, lime and stones together with a youthful sparkle.  The length is fairly […]

Paul Ginglinger Grand Cru Eichberg Gewurtztraminer 2008

For reasons that I don’t wish to disturb as a consumer, Alsace gewurtztraminer can be remarkably well priced.  Here we have a “Grand Cru” at not much more than $50.  Perhaps it is because gewurtztraminer has few longer term admirers.  A book waiting to be written?  Or perhaps the labels of Alsace are too easy […]