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About This Wine
Bright straw-green. Blood orange and lemon aromas. Juicy and ripe on the palate, with flavours of orange, tangerine and yellow apple. Lovely concentration here, very nicely balanced, finishing with bright acidity and lingering lemon and a lick of spice and herb. A lesson in purity!
Alsace is a unique wine region in North Eastern France, bordering Germany and having also been under German control for much of its existence. Due to this influence, unlike other French regions, wines from Alsace are mostly single varietal bottlings and are also labelled with the variety. They also are legally required to use a tall slimmer bottle called flûtes d'Alsace, that is also commonly seen with German wines.
Almost all the wine produced in the region is white (90%) except for Pinot Noir which is used mainly for sparkling wine. Alsace is most known for its Riesling, which is dry, fresh and floral in its youth but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Following behind is Gewurztraminer with signature spice and beautiful lychee aromatics. The smell of this wine is intoxicating, it is used to make dry but also late harvest dessert wines. Pinot Gris is also a prized variety of the region with its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavours.
In Autumn humidity builds up to facilitate the development of “noble rot” to produce late-picked sweet wines. In Alsace there are two classifications for late harvest wines: Vendange Tardive (VT) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN). VT for regular late harvest wines and SGN meaning grapes affected by noble rot.
Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Auxerrois, Chasselas and Sylvaner.
Antonio Galloni/Vinous – 'Good full yellow. Fresh hay, lemon, nectarine and mint on the nose. Then suave, spicy and youthfully tight, conveying flavors of peach nectar and lime. Fresh and firm but not classically dry (9.5 g/L residual sugar and 6.9 g/L total acidity), finishing with a lemony nuance and attractive lift. The juice from young Schlossberg vines was declassified into this wine; it strikes me as the best Cuvée Albert in some time, but Jacky Barthelmy feels strongly that the 2014 Cuvée Albert was just as good. Made from 49-year-old Riesling vines grown on lighter soils.' 91 points - Ian D'Agata, vinous.com