Alsace season, 4: Dirler Belzbrunnen Riesling

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Alsace season, 4: Dirler Belzbrunnen Riesling

Alsace Riesling is really interesting. It can be dry, off-dry or sweet, and usually has more body than German examples. The best examples rank among the highest expressions of this versatile variety, which seems to be able to make great wines in a number of styles. This one is from the south of the Alsace region, where the soils are more sandstone.

Domaine Dirler-Cadé Riesling Belzbrunnen 2008 Alsace
From pink sandstone soils, this is a wine made by a small producer who has been biodynamic since 1998. It has a very fine, crisp, bright limey nose with some subtle honeyed notes. The palate is dry and precise with a waxy, herbal edge to the citrus fruits and good acidity. Lovely purity to this bracing, savoury wine. 90/100 (£18 The Wine Society)

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