The Schoenebourg is another outstanding Grand Cru in Alsace and the most impressive proof of the talents of this steep, fully south-facing vineyard above the picturesque village of Riquewihr is the golden colored 2012 Grand Cru Schoenenbourg from Marcel Deiss. Again, this is the result of a complantation of all Alsatian grape varieties that are planted at the bottom of this cru, where the Keuper marl and gypsum soils are very deep and, in connection with the more than 60 years old vines, explain the initially discreet character of this really substantial and highly elegant wine (yield: 25 hectoliters per hectare). The drinking experience starts with white pepper and flint aromas on a rather spicy nose, which reveals dark fruit flavors but is still fresh and well defined. Rich, intense and powerful on the palate, this Schoenenbourg is full of tension and reveals a mineral backbone that makes this medium-dry wine taste almost dry. The fruit is very clear and persistent, and the firm tannins are very fine and fully integrated into the rich and elegant body. This is a liquid monument of the Schoenenbourg, provided with great vitality, vibrancy and harmony. Drink between 2020 and 2040.
Bright, deep yellow. Ripe, vibrant aromas of white peach, lemon zest, chamomile and balsamic herb are complicated by lemony botrytis. Silky on entry, then round and fresh in the middle, with terrific lemony cut providing excellent energy. Really resonates on the floral, saline, tactile back end, leaving the taste buds vibrating under a lemon meringue and peach sheen. In terms of richness this seems to fall between the Mambourg and the Altenberg; it usually needs more time in the cellar than the wines from either one of those sites. In ten years' time this will be intensely mineral rather than tropical, the latter quality more typical of the Altenberg and especially the Mambourg.
A dense and oily wine with sliced apple, honey and pineapple character. Full body, off dry. Flavorful finish. A blend of white grapes. Traditional style. Drink now.
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