I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I have never been to Alsace. The odd thing is, I really love Alsace wines. So why haven’t I been?
Anyway, here’s a spread of different bottles, reflecting some of the different varieties grown in the region. All were pretty good, with the Riesling and Muscat the standouts.
Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc 2008 Alsace
12.5% alcohol. Lively and fruity with apple and citrus notes on the nose. The palate has some sweet, fresh apple fruit and a hint of honeyed sweetness. Fresh fruit dominates. 87/100
Leon Beyer Sylvaner 2010 Alsace
12% alcohol. Deliciously crisp and lively with citrus and pear fruit, and a bit of spiciness. Full-on fruity style with good acid and some pithy notes. Dry finish. 88/100 (£7.95 The Wine Society)
Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Saering 2007 Alsace
12.5% alcohol. Real intensity of flavour here in this dry Alsace Riesling. Taut, mineral and intense with fresh lemony fruit and subtle honeyed notes. It’s a bit pithy, yet retains elegance. Precise, attractive and gastronomic with good ageing potential. 93/100 (£18.95 Slurp.co.uk, L’Art du Vin)
Albert Mann Muscat 2009 Alsace
12.5% alcohol. Beautifully aromatic and just off-dry with a hint of sweetness backing up the lively grapey fruit. This isn’t as obvious as some Muscats, and has some nice spice and herb notes on the finish. 89/100
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