Gewurztraminer, Altenbourg
Domaine Weinbach

Gewurztraminer, Altenbourg,



Domaine Weinbach, Gewurztraminer, Altenbourg, 2016

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Domaine Weinbach, Gewurztraminer, Altenbourg, 2016

The top quality, but not Grand Cru, Altenbourg vineyard, sitting just below GC Furstentum, habitually produces some of our favourite Weinbach Gewurztraminers – with the complexity of the Grand Cru but often a touch less weight. Here there’s a glorious fresh honey and pomelo note, peach, fresh tea leaf, and by way of a touch of botrytis that made its way into the blend, complex rich sweet notes of apricot and quince, and then spice and roses on the finish. There’s a fine seam of minerality at the core which lends an elegance to the fruity and fluid but not cloying voluptuousness of this beautiful cuvee.

Ian d'Agata, Vinous
Luminous straw-yellow. Rich but racy aromas and flavors of apple, yellow plum and sweet spices. Finishes with notes of lime and white flowers. Much fresher than the Cuvée Laurence, and a bit more varietal on the persistent finish. A very good wine, but I don’t think it has the verve and depth to be evaluated as outstanding. The 40-year-old vines (on average) are located in plots close to the Furstentum Grand Cru.
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Domaine Weinbach

Domaine Weinbach

Named after the “Wine Brook”, a little stream that flows through the estate, Domaine Weinbach was founded by the Capucin monks in 1612. The house is surrounded by the original 9th Century monastic vineyard, the Clos du Capucin and all of the estate’s wines are now labelled with its name. Two Faller brothers acquired the estate in 1898 and this was duly inherited by Théo Faller. Sadly Théo died in 1979 leaving his estate in the safe hands of a Faller Triumvirate: his wife Colette and his two daughters, Cathy and Laurence – who all contributed to the continued development of Théo’s great legacy. Tragically Laurence died in 2014, far too young at just 47. And then under a year later, Colette too passed away. Alsace had lost two of its most important figures in as many years. Today Cathy is joined by her two sons Eddy and Theo, so the outlook for the domaine looks stable. Staggeringly Domaine Weinbach owns 26 hectares of vineyards in the Kaysersberg valley in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace at between 200 to 400 metres above sea level. They grow their vineyards organically with a view to quality rather than quantity and hand pick the grapes. Only their grapes are vinified (unlike many other producers in Alsace who frequently have to buy them in). Ageing is best described as passive, carried out in huge old oak fuders, allowing each vineyard and each specific terroir, along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, to shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines.

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