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  • 262. Alsace AC 2016, Racines Métisses

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    Laurent Barth

    55% Pinot Auxerrois, 15% Muscat, 15% Riesling, 10% Pinot Gris, 5% Gewurztraminer (13% alc., 5.5g/l of rs)

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    A blend of all the major Alsatian varietals (usually called Edelzwicker), ‘racines’ means roots and ‘métisses’ mixed breeds. From 10yo vines planted on light alluvial soils, it is vinified in cuve to retain maximum freshness; complex and fragrant on the nose with notes of citrus and honey, it has a racy acidity on the palate and persistent length. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 263. Sylvaner AC 2016 Les Pierres Rouges (out of stock)

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Sylvaner (12.4% alc., 1.6g/l of rs)

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    Matthieu  produces this wine from vines averaging 30yo from gentle south facing hillsides  with a sandstone/limestone base. Fermented dry it’s a really attractive ‘vin de  plaisir’, that’s perfect to drink as an aperitif. On the nose you find hints of  mandarine, mint and white flowers, and the palate is zesty and racy, with pears  showing on the finish. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 264. Pinot Blanc AC 2016, La Cabane

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    70% Pinot Auxerrois, 30% Pinot Blanc (12.6% alc, 5g/l of rs)

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    Bio-dynamic viticulture here for east-facing vines on sandstone and clay. It has clear cut, zesty, lemon fruit with a hint of ginger. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 265. Pinot Blanc AC 2016 Sand

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    Domaine André Thomas

    100% Pinot Blanc (13% alc, 1.7g/l of rs)

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    Francois Thomas has now been joined by his son and daughter, Gilles and Suzy, and they have been given the freedom to produce a few cuvees as they wish. This is one, a fine pinot blanc from 50yo vines on the famed hillside of Kaefferkopf where there is a sandy topsoil derived from the granitic mother rock. They have aged the wine on its fine lees in old foudres for a year, without adding sulphur at any point, and bottled it unfined and unfiltered (there is the tiniest touch of haze in the pale gold colour). There is a reserve on the nose initially, but acacia honey notes gradually emerge, and on the palate it has a fine depth of confit citrus fruit. An excellent natural wine. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 266. Pinot Blanc AC 2015, Zellenberg (out of stock)

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    Marc Tempé

    60% Pinot Blanc, 40% Pinot Auxerrois (13% alc., 1.6g/l of rs)

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    This comes from nine parcels of 50yo vines on the flanks of Zellenberg’s hills. A good proportion of Auxerrois favoured for body and spice, aged in foudres and bottled in August 2017, this is Pinot Blanc like you’ve never tried it before, fantastic food wine. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 267. Muscat Saering Grand Cru AC 2014

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    90% Muscat Ottonel, 10% Muscat d’Alsace (13% alc, 4g/l of rs)

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    The 34 year old vines here give a very finely sculpted wine. Exquisitely balanced with citrus fruits, hints of verveine and mint and a characteristic sapid, saline note on the finish. For drinking now to 2024+.

  • 268. Pinot Noir AC 2016, Les Jardins

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

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    30 year old vines here (and yields of 50 hh) produce this delicious pinot noir which is well balanced with crunchy red fruits, well integrated oak and fine tannins. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 269. Pinot Noir AC 2014 Bollenberg

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    Valentin Zusslin

    100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

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     This elegant, bio-dynamically produced Pinot Noir comes from the west facing side of the hillside, where the soil is quite a deep red of limestone clay with related iron minerals. Destalked 100% and aged for a year in wooden cuve and 228 litre barrels, it has a typically pinot pale colour, is remarkably clear and fine on the nose, and is fruity and nicely structured with very fine grained tannins on the finish. For drinking now to 2022

  • 270. Pinot Gris AC 2016, Le Coq

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Pinot Gris (13.4% alc, 1.5g/l of rs)

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    An excellent example that is much drier than most other village pinot gris. It has an attractive pale gold colour, a spicy nose with hint of passion fruit, very good dry texture, with ripe fruits, lemon grass,  cinnamon and cardamom flavours enhanced by a mineral lift on the finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 271. Pinot Gris AC 2016 Petits Grains

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    Domaine André Thomas

    100% Pinot Gris (14% alc, 28.8g/l of rs)

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    Aromas fairly leap out of the glass. It’s a rich yet restrained wine with pear, apples and exotic fruit flavours with a hint of spice. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 272. Pinot Gris AC 2013 Zellenberg

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    Marc Tempé

    100% Pinot Gris (13.5% alc, 3.9g/l of rs)

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    As with all Tempé wines this Pinot Gris has great structure and depth of fruit. It’s a rich yet restrained wine with pear, peach fruit, with a hint of rose and a silky caresse on the finish. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 273. Pinot Gris Kessler Grand Cru AC 2013

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    100% Pinot Gris (13.5% alc, 19g/l of rs)

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    Despite a vigneron’s best efforts, pinot gris sugars tend to spike up quickly just before harvest and most grand crus have around 40-50g/l of rs. It is therefore unusual but a real pleasure to discover a balanced pinot gris grand cru with only 19g/l of rs, which helps to make it both a more harmonious and digestible wine. The sandstone base of Kessler also seems to provide the wine with a notable mineral print, and the smoky fruit, which has hints of ginger and praline make this a superb wine for gastronomy. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 274. Riesling AC 2016, Les Grandes Lignes

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Riesling (12.6% alc, 1.0g/l of rs)

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    25 year old bio-dynamic vines planted in a limestone and sandstone-clay soil give this delicious wine, whose ripe citrus fruits (hints of mandarin and ripe grapefruit) are cosseted by good acidity with a saline hint on the long finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 275. Riesling AC 2016, Luss

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Riesling (12% alc, 3.7g/l of rs)

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    30 year old bio-dynamic vines planted in a limestone soil. Almost painfully mineral on the palate, very dry, with grapefruit flavours and a touch of ginger. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 276. Riesling AC 2016 Breitenberg

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Riesling (12.7% alc, 0.5g/l of rs)

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    Matthieu decided to stop making a Riesling Grand Cru from Zinnkoepflé as the terroir there was so much better suited to Gewurztraminer. Instead the top Riesling from the domaine comes from 20yo vines at the western end of the Vallée Noble, where the vines are planted in a sandy topsoil with many fossils of ferns set in the sandstone below. It’s a windy cooler spot here where the grapes are harvested late despite a south facing hillside. You find stony, floral notes on the nose, the fruit is dense and tautly chiselled by the minerality typical of the soil, and on the finish there is a distinct salinity and grilled almond notes. For drinking now to 2024.

  • 277. Riesling AC 2016, Glintzberg

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    Domaine Roland Schmitt

    100% Riesling (13% alc, 2.5g/l of rs)

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    25 year old vines here in Glintzberg which touch the grand cru of Altenberg de Bergbieten. The soil is a clay-marl mix and like the grand cru, gypsum fragments in the subsoil are considered to bring a delicious freshness to the wine. The nose is floral and mineral, and on the palate the wine is most attractive with a clear cut fresh fruit, with well integrated sappy acidity and distinct saline notes on the sustained finish.  For drinking now to 2020.

  • 278. Riesling AC 2015, Thalberg

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    Domaine Roland Schmitt

    100% Riesling (14% alc, 3.2g/l of rs)

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    An excellent wine from 30-40 year old vines lower down the hillside of Altenberg de Bergbieten and facing west.  Fragments of gypsum can be clearly seen here weathered out on the surface.  The wine has the same pitch and flavours as the Glintzberg but the older vines give a juice that is just a little denser with a touch more structure. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 279. Riesling AC 2015, Zellenberg (out of stock)

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    Marc Tempé

    100% Riesling (12.5% alc., 0.8g/l of rs)

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    From seven parcels of on average 50yo vines in the Zellenberg commune – younger vines in the lieu-dit of Burgreben, plus some rows from the Grafenreben lieu-dit. Full bodied, earthy and appley, textured and mineral, this achieves the duality of being both broad and precise in flavour, exemplary balance and tension. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 280. Riesling Saering Grand Cru AC 2013

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    100% Riesling (13% alc, 6g/l of rs)

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    The 20 year old bio-dynamically tended vines are planted to the west of Saering near Kitterlé with a south-east aspect in a sandy marl with limestone deep below. The wine has a beautiful colour with greeny glints, and the nose is restrained and mineral. The palate is mouthwateringly pure and sapid with lemon and lime-zest, a hint of ginger and spice, and a saline note on a finish that keeps on going. For drinking now to 2021.

  • 281. Riesling Spiegel Grand Cru AC 2012

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    100% Riesling (13% alc, 8.4g/l of rs)

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    Spiegel gives a denser more tightly wound riesling than Saering, that gradually reveals its incredible qualities. There is more clay in the vineyard here, and an easterly exposure, which according to Jean help to make this such a long-lived riesling. Anyone looking for a world class dry riesling, with a good cellar and a little patience would be amply rewarded by this wine. For drinking now to 2027+.

  • 282. Riesling AC 2013 Grafenreben

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    Marc Tempé

    100% Riesling (13.5% alc, 2.1g/l of rs)

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    From two parcels of vines, totalling 0.33h in the Grafenreben vineyard, which occupies the same flank as the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru spilling off the plateau just north of Riquewihr. The limestone soil here is relatively heavy with clay, making for a distinctly earthy and age-worthy Riesling. Deeper in colur and richer than the Zellenberg it’s all stony concentration, ripe fruit and beautiful balance. For drinking now to 2023.

  • 283. Gewurztraminer AC 2016, Les Fous

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Gewurztraminer (14.5% alc, 3.3g/l of rs)

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    Boesch’s gewurztraminer shows the brilliant side of this grape when it is restrained by enough acidity. It beguiles with its rose, lychees and peach aromas, has good weight with freshness on the palate, and a gently spicy finish. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 284. Gewurztraminer AC 2016 Jardin des Roses

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    Domaine André Thomas

    100% Gewurztraminer (14% alc, 30.5g/l of rs)

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    The aromas and tastes of this exceptional wine combine ripe mangoes, jasmine tea, lychees, flowers and rosewater. Exotic with a capital E! Limited quantity. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 285. Gewurztraminer Kessler Grand Cru AC 2013

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    100% Gewurztraminer (13% alc, 49g/l of rs)

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    Kessler is a very well balanced and classy wine in 2013. The bouquet offers a complex mix of exotic fruit, mango and spice. There is very good depth to the fruit with a well integrated acidity and a fantastic freshness. For drinking now to 2022.

  • 286. Gewurztraminer Zinnkoepflé Grand Cru AC 2016

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Gewurztraminer (14% alc, 6g/l of rs)

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    Half of the vines were planted in 1920, and the other half average 50 years old.  Zinnkoepflé is a steep due-south facing hillside of limestone and sandstone that is especially suited to growing exceptional gewurztraminer.  Here we have a powerful, rich structured wine, offering at the same time good tension, freshness and exceptional fruit: passion fruit and mango, with a notable dash of nutmeg and liquorice. For drinking now to 2024.

  • 287. Gewurztraminer Mambourg Grand Cru AC 2011

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    Marc Tempé

    100% Gewurztraminer (12.5% alc., 64.8g/l of rs)

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    Mambourg grand cru is an early ripening, south-facing hillside with a limestone derived topsoil. Marc’s vines were planted between 1930 and 1977. The wine is as intensely floral as it is mineral, and full of rich, long, deliciously exotic fruit that is balanced by fantastic acidity – something that this variety all too often lacks. For drinking now to 2021+.

  • 288. Gewurztraminer Zinnkoepflé Grand Cru Vendanges Tardives AC 2015

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    Domaine Léon Boesch

    100% Gewurztraminer (12% alc, 76.6g/l of rs)

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    This excellent Vendanges Tardives was harvested in two sorties on October 3rd and November 25th. It’s an exquisite wine with complex aromas of nougat, grilled almond, stewed lemons, pine. On the palate it is at once both sumptuous and at the same time silky with perfectly pitched ripe peach and mango fruit, and an incredibly long finish, that stays fresh with a saline hint. For drinking now to 2035+....

  • 289. Crémant d’Alsace AC 2014 Brut Nature

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    Domaine Dirler-Cadé

    40% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Auxerrois, 20% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    An excellent dry sparkling wine made by the méthode champenoise. Zesty and sapid with a delicate fruit, this makes for excellent party fizz and real value alternative to champagne.