Gewurztraminer, Cuvée Laurence
Domaine Weinbach

Gewurztraminer, Cuvée Laurence,



Domaine Weinbach, Gewurztraminer, Cuvée Laurence, 2016

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Domaine Weinbach, Gewurztraminer, Cuvée Laurence, 2016

Sweet apricots, spun sugar, white pepper, clove, and floral notes come together here, not so much on the exuberant side, very controlled and moderate. Spun silk, rose petals and ripe stone fruits on the palate, while honeyed grapes and flowers garland the finish in this very classy Gewurztraminer that speaks more of an English garden than tropical spiced fruits.

Ian d'Agata, Vinous
Pale straw. Lemon curd and vanilla bean on the nose. Enters fresh, then slightly heavy and chunky, offering medium-long flavors of ripe stone and tropical fruit. Finishes rich and juicy, displaying noteworthy creaminess and sweetness but not much definition. Much richer but also less fresh than the Cuvée Théo. I’m not sure this is well balanced enough for a long and graceful evolution in the bottle, despite numbers that say otherwise (27 g/L residual sugar and 5.2 g/L total acidity). Made from 30-year-old vines grown at the bottom of the Altenbourg on mainly marly-clay soils.
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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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