Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Top 10 'new generation Alsace' dry wines according to Decanter

Top 10 'new generation' dry wines:

René Muré, Cuvée Prestige, Crémant d’Alsace NV 
17.5/20pts (91/100pts)
£17.22 Spirited Wines
Made from Pinots Blanc, Gris and Noir, and Riesling – the final blend based on a solera method of previous vintages added to the wine of the year. On lees for 12 months and then 18 months’ ageing in bottle (this one disgorged in 2007). White apricot and pear, with hazelnut notes, yet floral and citrussy on the finish with still vibrant bubbles.
Drink 2014–2020
Alc 12.5%

Trimbach, Clos-Ste-Hune Riesling 2007 
19/20pts (96/100pts)
£100–£135 Bordeaux Index, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Hedonism, Lay & Wheeler, Millésima, Swig, The Wine Society
1.7 grams/litre of residual sugar (RS) and 7.2g/l acidity. Precise fruit and complex expression of limestone freshness. Old vines (45–50 years old) facing south and southeast bring concentration to this wine, which finishes on a subtle note of white pepper.
Drink 2018–2035
Alc 13%

Trimbach, Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling 2007 
18/20pts (93/100pts)
£28–£45 Berry Bros & Rudd, Fortnum & Mason, Great Western Wine, Harper Wells, HG Wines, Majestic, Millésima, Planet of the Grapes, Swig
0.7g/l RS, 7.9g/l acidity. From grapes grown on Geisberg and Osterberg grands crus. Still young and shy but with some aeration you get lemon and green apple aromas, and stony hints. Very pure and mineral-driven palate with subtle concentration and excellent potential.
Drink 2015–2025
Alc 13%

Frédéric Mochel, Cuvée Henriette Riesling, Altenberg-de-Bergbieten Grand Cru 2010 
17.5/20pts (91/100pts)
N/A UK mochel.net
A 2013 DWWA Silver medal winner. Ripe, juicy and open palate with citrus, baked apple and spice flavours. Excellent density and a very refreshing, floral finish.
Drink 2014–2025
Alc 13%

Sipp Mack, Riesling, Rosacker Grand Cru 2010 
17.5/20pts (91/100pts)
£17.95 Gerrard Seel
Very pure and pristine grapefruit aromas and flavours. Rounded structure with precision and vibrancy on the finish.
Drink 2014–2025
Alc 13%

Barmès-Buecher, Clos Sand Riesling 2008 
17/20pts (90/100pts)
£24.91 Gauntleys
3.7g/l RS, 9g/l acidity. Biting but not cutting acidity. Superior freshness and a tang of iodine and lime notes.
Drink 2015–2025
Alc 13%

Henry Fuchs, Riesling, Kirchberg Grand Cru 2009 
17/20pts (90/100pts)
£18.85 Christopher Piper
Aromas and flavours of rhubarb, mango and aniseed. Located at the cooler high point of Kirchberg, at 400m, this vintage offers delightful tension and fine fruit.
Drink 2014–2020
Alc 13.5%

Pfister, Cuvée 8 2011 
17/20pts (90/100pts)
£14.38 The Drink Shop, Woodwinters
Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat blend. Exudes richness, complexity and dryness. Lacks the razor sharpness of pure Riesling but popular for palates seeking greater richness and plenty of
nuance.
Drink 2014–2018
Alc 13.5%

Pfister, Riesling, Engelberg Grand Cru 2009 
17/20pts (90/100pts)
£24.01–£27.50 Halifax Wine Co, The Drink Shop, Woodwinters
Refreshingly rounded yet dry palate showing Chablis-like focus, citrus flavours and aromas of grapefruit and lemon. Lingering finish marked by wet stone and gunflint notes.
Drink 2014–2020
Alc 13.5%

Henry Fuchs, Pinot Blanc- Auxerrois 2012 
15.5/20pts (85/100pts)
£10.28 Christopher Piper
Lovely notes of mirabelle plum, apricot and iodine saltiness. Made from old vines on a high slope between Ribeauvillé and Bergheim, which maintains freshness.
Drink 2014–2015
Alc 13%

Read more at http://www.decanter.com/people-and-places/wine-articles/584819/alsace-the-new-generation#0GZDVZmby2gbspDs.99
 
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