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Hugel Classic Pinot Gris Alsace 2016

This is a sound pinot gris from Hugel in Alsace. There is not much here in terms of aroma, some pear notes perhaps. The palate is dry and has subtle acidity hidden under its fruit, which adds freshness. A pinot gris paradigm that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: http://www.hugel.com. Reviewed: June 2020.

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Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc 2018

From Alsace, this pinot blanc has a savoury aroma of bread with touches of honey. The palate is dry, full bodied and textured. Ready to drink now and on the dull side. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 12.0. Price: $30. Website: http://www.zindhumbrecht.fr/en/. Reviewed: April 2020.

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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. Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $50. Website: https://www.domaines-schlumberger.com.

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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 southern Australian versions.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $19. Website: www.dopff-au-moulin.fr.

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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 good wine.  A yellow gold in colour, it has aromas of lemon and touch of honey.  The palate is rich and mostly dry, with flavours reminding of lemon, stones and tropical fruit, supplemented by fresh acidity and long length on palate.  Ready to drink now, this wine can be approached over the next decade or more.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: not recorded. Price: $60. Website: www.blanck.com/en/

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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 heat damage.  Whether new to the Burgundy maze or a veteran palate, I would actively recommend all of these wines.  Here are my notes.

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Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Ruchottes 2008
There are 51 Chassagne-Montrachet premier crus, and Les Ruchottes is among the better of them.  The 2008 has aromas of lemon, minerals, nectarine and stone.  The palate is full bodied, with good freshness and a long finish.  Very Good to Outstanding


Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Perrières 2002
Les Perrières is a rocky and stony vineyard and one of Nuits-Saint-George’s 37 premier crus.   2002 was a good vintage and it shows in this wine.  Aromas of sweet leather, truffles, mature earth and cherry.  The palate has fresh racy acidity, long length and a cherry core.  Delicious.  Very Good to Outstanding

Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Les Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus 2002
Les Grèves is a 31.33 hectare premier cru vineyard in Beaune and is well regarded.  The 2002 “L’Enfant Jésus” has aromas of florals, potpourri and roses.  The palate is slippery with fresh acidity and a certain softness through the palate.  A tannic grip emerges with air, as do some cedar characters.  Very Good

Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny Grand Cru 2001
Words do inadequate justice to this exquisite wine.  Its siren call is strong.  Dark cherry, blackcurrant and leather aromatics promise much.  It is the palate though which truly astounds.   Long length, delicate, light and shade with a lick of tannin.  Burgundy at its finest.  Outstanding with a plus

Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 1990
Clos Vougeot is 50.59 hectares in size and the largest grand cru in the Côte de Nuits with a somewhat varied reputation befitting its size.  1990 was a good vintage.  In the glass, this wine has aromatics of blackcurrant, cherry and an austere iron like character.  There’s long length on the palate with a hint of dryness at the finish.  Very Good


Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Chaignots 1998
Les Chaignots is a 5.86 hectare premier cru vineyard in Nuits-Saint-Georges.  The 1998 is an elegant wine, with aromas of blackcurrant, and even hints of pepper.  The palate has firm tannins and mid range length.  Good


Domaine de Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2001
Clos des Lambrays is a grand cru vineyard in Morey-Saint-Denis.  This is an impressive Clos de Lambrays, with aromas of cherry and spice, which continue on the palate supplemented by very long length.  The tannins suggest this wine has some time to go yet.  Happily, I have a second bottle.  Very Good to Outstanding


Domaine Jean-Michel Guillon Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2002
Mazis-Chambertin is a grand cru in Gevrey Chambertin and is 9.1 hectares in size.  This is a delicious wine from the 2002 vintage, with aromas of blackcurrant, spice and strawberry.  The palate gives a fuller bodied and ripe impression with long length on the finish.  Very Good to Outstanding


Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 1988
Jancis describes this vintage as “tough and unusually backward” with the best requiring a 20 year wait.  Well, here we are.  It has aromas of cherry and a touch of animal (brett suspected).  The palate has a metallic note, with mid range length, stoney characters and tannins that are resolved, but still there.  Points for making it nearly three decades.  Very Good


Comte Armand Clos des Epeneaux Pommard 2006
A comparative baby in this set.  Still youthful, it has aromatics of cherry, and a palate that is full bodied in impression, with big wood driven tannins.  Needs time.  Good to Very Good

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The tasting finished with a delicious Alsace pinot gris from Domaine Zind Humbrecht with aromas of honey, currants and sultanas, and the palate medium sweet in impression.  Unfortunately my photo proved particularly poor and does not yield the details of the vintage and label.  If you are an expert label spotter (or better still were at the tasting!), please chime in and I’ll post it.

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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 blur the dry/off dry distinction, but I settled on dry.  I’d buy this.  (Region: Alsace, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2025, Tasted: Mar, 2017)

Read more:
www.vins-gisselbrecht.com/en/

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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 is really a rather exceptional example of high quality Alsace riesling for just under $50.  It has aromatics of stones, smoke and lemon zest.  The palate is dry, the acidity high and the length towards long on the finish.  This is a firm but delicious wine that will interest those brought up on steely Aussie riesling.  It should age easily for another decade, but is joyous should you look at it now.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: not recorded
Price: $47
Vendors and website: http://www.blanck.com
Tasted: 2016

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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 short, and the wine seemed a bit hot and stretched at times, but otherwise it’s pleasant enough.  Acceptable

Abv: 12.5%
Price: $13.99
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.dopff-au-moulin.fr
Tasted: 2013
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Josmeyer Le Kottabe Riesling 1999

This is a very good riesling from Josmeyer, an excellent producer in the Alsace region of France.  The Le Kottabe riesling is sourced from 35 year old vineyards between Wintzenheim and Turckheim in the Haut Rhin region and is grown on soils of sand, shingle, silt, with plenty of pebbles and loess.  The wine opens to quite exotic and intense aromatics of stone, guava, light quince and mango.  On the palate, the riesling is dry, with flavours reminding of dried mango, quince and guava, with a medium length finish.  Overall, I found this to be a very good wine due to its balance, length, the sheer concentration of its fruit flavours, and the complexity hidden away in its exotic fruit layers.  An easy one to recommend.  Very Good

Abv: 12%
Price: $40s (current vintage)
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.josmeyer.com
Tasted: 2013
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