jamie goode's wine blog: World-class Riesling from Luxembourg

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

World-class Riesling from Luxembourg

Really enjoying this world-class dry Riesling from Luxembourg. It's just perfectly balanced.

Mathis Bastian Riesling Fut 40 2004 Moselle, Luxembourg
12.5% alcohol. Incredible stuff, just beautifully poised and showing real balance. It's dry with a minerally, spicy complexity to the generous lemon and lime fruit. Pure and precise, with good acidity and nice concentration. This is sort of Alsace in style with a hint of the Mosel to it, too. Lovely and fine. 93/100 (Les Caves de Pyrene)

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At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Charles205xs said...

Given that Les Caves de Pyrene, for some reason that must be really, really special, don't show prices on their website, perhaps you could tell us how much this gem costs?

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

Apparently they don't like to reveal their prices because they differ for trade accounts and private customers- I guess restaurants can negotiate deals. Though why they don't do a straightforward single bottle/case price set-up like every other retailer is mystifying. I always suspect that though they love wine, they don't love the tedious business of actually selling it. Hence wine critics, who also love wine but don't have to sell it for a living, adore and identify with Les Caves. I like what they sell, enjoy the fancy list and I love their London bistro, but even Mr Goode with his wine futurologists hat on must know that LCdP is years behind when it comes to actually connecting customer to inventory.

At a guess, fifteen quid upwards plus VAT, judging by the prices for other Mathis wines on the price list I picked up at the store a few months back.


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