Tasting table

13 July, 2007

Three elegant wines from Alsace

JB Adam, Kaefferkopf 2005 Cuvée Traditionelle

Supplier: Alliance Wine

A Riesling/Gew urztraminer blend that will have Grand Cru status from this year's vintage. Riesling provides the backbone, freshness and acidity, while its blousier relative provides the body, fruit and spice. A nicely balanced number from a biodynamic producer with rose, peach and elderflower on the nose, just off -dry on the palate. RE

Domaine Edmond Rentz

Gew urztraminer Rotenberg 2005

Supplier: Portal, Dingwall & Norris

Floral and spicy on the nose with creaminess on the palate from grapes grown on iron-rich soils. Will age well for another seven or eight years, according to winemaker Patrick Rentz. RE

Bruno Sorg

Florimont Riesling 2003 Grand Cru

Supplier: Thorman Hunt

Plentiful lime, petrol and spice on the nose with a hint of cream. Still feels quite youthful on the palate, despite the age. RE




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