An excellent older Alsace Riesling

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This is a lovely wine: a 21 year old Alsace Riesling that’s in a perfect place right now. It’s all about the terroir, and this wine transmits place beautifully. Note: Altenberg de Bergbieten is not related to Altenberg de Bergheim.

Cellier Interprofessional des Vins d’Alsace Colmar Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten 1995 Alsace, France
Rich yellow colour. Complex and aromatic with honey, spice, lemons, lanolin and fine toasty nuts, with lovely tingly acidity that’s high and yet also beautifully integrated into the wine. It tastes quite dry but there seems to be some sugar here too. Lovely complexity here, with nice maturity. Just delicious, with some marmalade and apricot hints adding richness. You can taste the limestone of the Bergbeiten soils here. Just amazing. 95/100

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