Visiting Weinbach and Hugel, and lunch with Bott-Geyl

Catherine Faller of Weinbach

Day 2 in Alsace was a busy one, beginning with an appointment at Weinbach. The Fallers – Colette and her daughters Catherine and Laurence – have developed an enviable reputation for this estate, which was a monastery until the French Revolution.

Grand Cru Schlossberg

It was acquired by Catherine’s grandfather in 1898, [...]

Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2011

I really like this. It’s a Mosel Riesling (actually, from the Saar, which now falls under the Mosel banner), and as with all Van Volxem wines it is not in the Pradikat system: just a single wine is made, and not different levels defined by the must weight (Kabinett, Spaetlese, Auslese, etc.). This is a [...]

A delicious, cheap German Riesling

Most £6 wines are distinctly dull. Some are nasty. But a few are really delicious, and this is one of them. I’ll be going back to buy some more. Just a shame the summer is over, because this is the ultimate wine for lunch in the sunshine.

Dr L Riesling 2011 Mosel, Germany
8.5% alcohol. Fresh, crisp [...]

Video: tasting the 2012 Grosset Springvale and Polish Hill Rieslings

Two beautiful wines. The Grosset 2012 Polish Hill and Springvale Rieslings. Here I taste them on camera.

 

Two lovely Rieslings, Alsace and Austria

Two happy hunting grounds for Riesling: Alsace and Austria.

These bottles satisfied, the Trimbach for its purity and freshness, and the Stadt Krems for its depth of flavour and richness of texture. Both are affordable (I bought the Austrian for £10 a few years back, and the Trimbach is similarly priced), but deliver the sort of quality [...]

Two lovely German Rieslings

Like most members of the wine trade I have a fondness for Riesling. It rocks. And especially from Germany: nowhere else makes Rieslings that are quite the same. Here are two good ones, both new to me.

Pauly Lieser Niederberg ‘Helden’ Riesling Trocken 2011 Mosel, Germany
Really fine, fresh nose of melon, citrus and grapefruit. The palate [...]

A lovely, inexpensive Chilean Riesling

This is a nicely poised, brilliantly drinkable and well balanced Riesling from Cono Sur. Can’t think of a better one for the money (£6.45 from Tesco.com, although currently listed as out of stock).

Cono Sur Bicycle Riesling 2010 Central Valley, Chile
13.5% alcohol. Minerally, lemony nose leads to a sweetly fruited melon and citrus palate that is [...]

The remarkable F series wines from Framingham

I recently had the chance to try a series of utterly remarkable New Zealand wines.

They’re from Framingham in Marlborough, a producer whose points of difference are that they are experts in Riesling, and also in sweet wines.

As a set of wines, these were quite stunning. The Pinot Noir is one of New Zealand’s best, and I’d [...]

More highlights from Majestic: two lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger

Two more highlights from this week’s press tasting at Majestic: a couple of lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger.

I love these wines, and at the offer price they are a steal. But they illustrate why Alsace remains a nightmare for consumers. One is dry, the other quite sweet. But nowhere is this indicated on the bottle. [...]

Just the weather for German Riesling

We really should be drinking more German Riesling. It’s fantastic. Nowhere else quite does Riesling like Germany, even though I am partial to expressions of this variety from Austria, Alsace, New Zealand and Australia.

Here are two that I have enjoyed today – both from the Rheingau. We are experiencing unseasonally warm weather here in the [...]