In Alsace

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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.
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Deiss makes such distinctive wines, with field blends of the noble varieties, harvested together. When it works, the results are great.
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I was so impressed with Ostertag’s wines. Sensational line up.
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Nice to meet Julien Schaal, who makes negociant wines in Alsace (from 12 Grand Cru vineyards) and South Africa.
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The Rolly Gassman wines are superb across the board. Rich style. Lovely.
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Melanie Pfister is doing good work. Really nice wines.
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Leon Bayer – very traditional, ageworthy dry Rieslings. They need time.
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Pierre Frick’s wines are very distinctive, in a slightly oxidative style, but I like them.
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Zind Humbrecht’s 2012s are really linear and pure, with amazing concentration.
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And finally, Chapoutier’s Alsace operation is showing promise.

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