This was the first tasting on our lark-fest in France. Some really good wines and when you are buying direct it is super-keenly priced kit. The 2007 Grand Cru Muscat was probably the best dry(-ish) Muscat I’ve had.
Pinot Blanc 2008
Very fresh apple fruit nose. Nice acid and creaminess on the palate. This is a great drink for the price and quite fun too.
Lovely orange rind fruit. Very fresh and charming. Good acid on the palate and it is really dry. This is a top generic Riesling.
Riesling Grand Cru Florimont 2005
Lovely nose of fruit and flowers: gooseberries and elderflower, we decided. This has a great mineral tang to it. Lovely fruit and acidity make this a really mouth-watering drink. Proper wine already.
Riesling Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2004
Really peachy fruit on the nose. Super-top minerality. This smells like a grown-up glass of Riesling. The palate has a very good, precise minerality to it which I just love.
Mint leaf and grape nose. Light and refined. However, the palate is too light with no body. Not that hot.
Muscat Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2007
More of the mint leaf greenness on the nose, but also really floral. The palate has just enough sugar to give it weight and balance it out, but it is basically pretty dry. Really great finish. Clearly one of the best Alsace Muscats I’ve had.
Pinot Gris Vieilles Vignes 2007
Peachy, fleshy nose. Nice and deep. The palate has a real concentration of fruit. Whilst this oozes charm it is just a bit short if you ask me.
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2007
Stunningly intense minerality on the nose. Great fruit, too. That’s what I like: lovely, lovely fruit, great minerality, hugely long finish. Yeah, that is what I like!
Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes 2007
The nose has some foam banana finesse. A perfumey, lychee aroma as well. The palate has weight, and a touch of astringency which is quite nice. Good.
Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Pfersigberg 2007
Orange tea on the nose and that odd aroma we call ‘spice box’ is there as well. The palate is quite light and elegant with a good vineyardy character, but it seems a bit unforthcoming, is it a bit closed? Hmmm…
Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Eichberg 2007
A strong liquorice nose. It is very earthy, too. The palate is super, super charming with bags of elegance and super-refined fruit. This is a really top Gewurztraminer.
Gewurztraminer Selection des Grains Nobles 2001
This is super concentrated essence of Gewurztraminer. Lychees and bacon fat are here in abundance. Lots of botrytis. What a nose! It is brilliant! The palate is wonderfully rich and extra, super balanced. A really good SGN.