Riesling, Grand Cru, Schlossberg, Ste Catherine L'Inedit
    Domaine Weinbach

    Riesling, Grand Cru, Schlossberg, Ste Catherine L'Inedit,

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    Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Grand Cru, Schlossberg, Ste Catherine L'Inedit, 2009

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Domaine Weinbach, Riesling, Grand Cru, Schlossberg, Ste Catherine L'Inedit, 2009

    A totally "novel" wine, a selection of late picked, super ripe, Riesling grapes from the Schlossberg Catherine parcel of vines, fermented to 14% alcohol and with 18g of residual sugar. Simply glorious. Wonderful mango, guava and citrus fruit character, notes of orange blossom honey, too, but it is the faint touch of astringence that makes this so great and adds a crisp balance to the richness of fruit, it also serves to prolong the finishserves - touches of salt, a gentle tannic grip and fresh citrus rind hints.

    ABV:
    13%
    90/100
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    Bright pale-medium yellow. Liqueur-like aromas of pear nectar, flowers and cinnamon; there's something almost gew u rztraminer-like about this. Big, rich and mouthfilling, conveying a considerably sweeter impression than the Schlossberg Cuvee Ste. Catherine. Lots of stuffing here but does it have enough detail underneath the baby fat? A bit youthfully aggressive on the back end.
    Date Reviewed:
    11/2010

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Alsace
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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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