International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94Bright pale yellow with a green tinge. Wonderfully subtle nose hints at lime oil, quinine, white flowers and crushed stone; an essence of the calcaire-rich grand cru Rosacker. Densely packed and tightly coiled, with superb cut and penetrating character but at the same time an ineffable delicacy. Bracing acidity gives the finish outstanding energy and lift. As insinuating on the back end as it is on the nose, showing building flavors of crushed stone, oyster shell and ginger. An infant with 25 years of life ahead of it. (Unfortunately, my sample of the Frederic Emile was corked.)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2010
Self | Rating: 95Author: winecellar
Located in northeast corner of along the border, Alsace's unique hybrid culture is mirrored in its wine, influenced by both French and German styles. In fact, Alsace is the only region in France that allows the traditional German grape to be grown legally. Located in the rain shadow from the Vosges mountains, this sixty mile strip of land has a cold continental climate and has one of France's lowest levels of rainfall. Most wine is labeled Appellation Alsace Controlee with the best vineyards granted Alsace Grand Cru status. The majority of Alsatian wine is white and grand cru vineyards are restricted to growing , Muscat, , and Riesling.
Riesling is an aromatic grape that is capable of producing a variety of styles from different regions. It is tolerant of cold winters, is mid- to late-ripening, and buds late, making it suitable for cool climates where it produces wines with green fruit and floral notes. In warmer climates, citrus and stone fruit flavors are dominant, and the wine is richer with less acidity than in cooler regions. When left on the vine Riesling has the ability to accumulate sugar without losing its naturally high acidity. This makes it suitable for a range of sweetness levels, including botrytized wines. The best wines have the ability to age for decades in bottle without losing freshness, and over time these wines develop flavors of honey, toast, and petrol.
is the heartland of Riesling and produces wines in a range of sweetness levels. The sweetest wines are typically made from botrytized grapes and the highest-quality versions perfectly balance sweetness and acidity, creating a unique combination of flavor concentration and freshness. For the best expressions of this style look to the regions of and , to producers such as and . , ,and are also known for high-quality wines from Riesling and produces high-quality wine in the Alsatian style.
In the New World, is the most famous Riesling producing region, particularly the sub-regions of and . Unlike Old-World wines, these are often bone dry, with high acidity and signature aromas of lime.
The combination of sweetness and acidity makes Riesling a great pairing for spicy food, particularly Indian and Asian, as well as cheeses and fatty meats such as duck leg.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 38 bottles owned
- 6 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 6 collectors)