So nice to be back in Alsace. It is such a beautiful wine region. I’m here for just a few days with a big group of UK wine journalists and sommeliers for Millesimes Alsace, a large tasting with more than 90 top producers, and associated dinners and gatherings. For now, a few pictures of the highlights, but lots more to come. Pictured above: Jean Boxler’s wines were a real highlight. Amazingly elegant.
Deiss makes such distinctive wines, with field blends of the noble varieties, harvested together. When it works, the results are great.
I was so impressed with Ostertag’s wines. Sensational line up.
Nice to meet Julien Schaal, who makes negociant wines in Alsace (from 12 Grand Cru vineyards) and South Africa.
The Rolly Gassman wines are superb across the board. Rich style. Lovely.
Melanie Pfister is doing good work. Really nice wines.
Leon Bayer – very traditional, ageworthy dry Rieslings. They need time.
Pierre Frick’s wines are very distinctive, in a slightly oxidative style, but I like them.
Zind Humbrecht’s 2012s are really linear and pure, with amazing concentration.
And finally, Chapoutier’s Alsace operation is showing promise.