Wine Tasting Video: Alsace Riesling

First of a couple of Alsace Riesling videos – next one featuring five grands crus coming soon…

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2009 (£14.99 Majestic)
Promising youngster with delicious tension between richness and acidity. There a toasty mineral edge, and some fleshy oiliness – think custard apple – but there’s also a piercing citrus bite. S

Domaine Pfister Riesling ‘Silberberg’ 2009 (£18.99 Liberty Wines)
Another that combines exotic aromas and ripe fruit with a more zesty, fine-boned citrus and mineral tang, with a touch of slate thrown in for good measure. S(-)

Bernhard & Reibel Riesling Coup de Foudre, 2009 (£10.95 Stone Vine & Sun)
Is there some botrytis here? Has a touch of the pure mineral and citrus, but tastes just a little too comfortable round the middle, and the finish is on the soft side. B+

Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvée Théo 2008 (£21.17 Justerini & Brooks)
Terrific wine, relaxed, elegant and complete, with herb and mineral infused citrus flavour, something quite opulent and almost sweet (sponge cake and toast?!?), and a rich but reined-in finish. S+

Charles Schleret Alsace Riesling Cuvée Réserve 2004 (£12.50 Yapp Brothers)
Aging nicely, with some botrytis adding peachy warmth to the limey custard apple, fruit pie and burnt sugar flavours, and an elegant minerally finish. S-

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