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Domaine Weinbach , Frankreich

2010 Gewürztraminer Altenbourg SGN Halbflasche

Brace yourself for fireworks into at least mid-century! Weinbach’s 2010 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Selection de Grains Nobles leads with Kummel (caraway) liquor, Chartreuse-like herbal and floral essences, peat-like smokiness of Islay malt intensity, candied lemon rind, high-toned maraschino and almond extract as well as intimations of quince preserves, honey and caramel that go on to viscously, creamily and soothingly coat the palate. Cinnamon stick and citrus rind impingements lend counterpoint and gushing primary juiciness of grapefruit and pineapple enable a significant measure of sheer refreshment such as one seldom encounters in a wine this ennobled and sweet. This superbly complex offering should merit following into mid-century.

The sudden death at age 47 of Laurence Faller this June represents a terrible loss to Alsace viticulture and to wine lovers worldwide, not to mention a tragic blow to her young family and to Collette and Catherine Faller, who along with Catherine’s son Theo (hands-on vineyard manager since 2003) will continue to run Domaine Weinbach. Laurence had taken a virtual leave of absence from her family’s estate in 2010 to devote her attention to raising her two small children, but the biodynamic viticultural approaches and style of vinification that she developed remained as guiding principles, and she had returned to full-time work at her family’s estate in 2013. Picking for Riesling did not begin here in 2010 until after mid-October, and even then, ripeness was possible only thanks to extremely low yields, which were also the reason that harvesting was finished already on October 28. The last time that harvest here started so late was in underripe (and unlamented) 1984, but on that occasion, picking did not conclude until the 25th of November! The generosity in both style and yield of 2011 was welcome here as elsewhere after the challenges and small crop of 2010; and in characteristic Weinbach form, the Fallers managed to convey considerable stylistic clarity and precision to the resultant wines, just as they imparted richness to wines of 2010. The harvest of 2011 did not begin until mid-September, and Riesling was only brought in beginning the end of that month. It’s worth noting, incidentally, that quite a few of the Weinbach 2010s have dropped significant amounts of tartrate crystals, not something that would have adversely affected the balance of these universally high-acid wines – if anything, the opposite – but something that will inevitably end up shimmering in some of your guests’ glasses. As usual, alongside the principle offerings from two vintages I was brought up-to-date by the Fallers on their nobly sweet wines from a preceding vintage, in this case 2009. (Wine Advocate)
0,375 l

119,00 €*

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  • ArtikelNr. 100356
  • Alkoholgehalt 11%
  • Menge 0,375 l
  • Verpackungseinheit Flasche
  • Preis pro Liter € 317,34
  • Sorte(n) Gewürztraminer
  • Herkunft Frankreich / Elsass / Elsass

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