Apr
28

Spotlight on Alsace: Barmes-Beucher Hengst Grand Cru Riesling 2005

This is the final post in my Alsace series, ending on a contrast to yesterday’s exceptional offering from Zind-Humbrecht. For a wine made in the same soils as Zind-Humbrecht’s Clos

Apr
27

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Clos Hauserer Riesling 2005

That’s right, this spotlight is still putting along, but it is delicious putting. Zind-Humbrecht seems to elicit controversial feelings amongst my wine geek colleagues. Some find the wines hard to

Apr
4

Spotlight on Alsace: Albert Mann Rosenberg Riesling 2008

This is my kind of riesling. It seems that superb fruit isn’t limited to the Grand Crus. That, of course, also means that this Rosenberg riesling is a very good

Mar
29

Spotlight on Alsace: Marc Tempe Rodelsberg 2005

There is an irony to be found in Alsace in the wines of Marc Tempe. Tempe has signed on fully to Nicolas Joly’s Rennaissance des Appellations group that supports an

Mar
25

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2008

It is once one enters the realm of Riesling that Alsace becomes truly exceptional. There is so much variation in style when it comes to Riesling that it is hard

Mar
22

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Ostertag Heissenberg Riesling 2005

Ostertag is nothing if not opinionated. As a man who is not afraid to say “I detest Nicholas Joly” one might be surprised to learn that Ostertag is a strong

Mar
19

Spotlight on Alsace: Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bergheim 2005

Jean-Michel Deiss is a poet amongst poets. He articulates his philosophy of the vine with such grace that it is hard not to be drawn into his passion. For Deiss

Feb
25

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence 2005

We are back to the ancient Clos du Capucins monastic site now owned by Domaine Weinbach, but this time looking at the intriguing Pinot Gris variety. To Grand Cru or

Feb
23

Spotlight on Alsace: Albert Mann Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum 2008

Pinot Gris is usually a synonym for insipid due to the torrent of atrocious high-yield quality-unconscious production of this grape from wine regions far and wide, including our own backyard.

Feb
9

Spotlight on Alsace: Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Furstentum “Clos des Capocins” Cuvée Laurence 2004

The name Weinbach is synonymous with both very high quality and very high prices. Weinbach has been directly responsible for me resdiscovering a number of Alsatian varieties like Muscat and