The 2004 Riesling Frederic Emile needs time to open up; it is very intense and concentrated with spicy minerals, great purity and lemon flavors. Intense, round and mineral on the palate, this is a very fresh and mineral dry Riesling with structure and lots of salt, great purity, and with more finesse and purity than the corresponding Clos Ste Hune. The finish is long, fresh and very salty and reveals a lot of grip. Great wine. (SR)
Pale, green-tinged color. Exotic pineapple and coconut notes are in harmony with steelier citrus peel and white flower aromas. Pungent, minerally and intense, with superb stony cut to the flavors of pink grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes with a whiplash of citrus flavor that mounts subtly and really stains the palate. This one in particular showed an aroma of bouillon blanc, notes Pierre, but that quality may be fading now. Superb riesling. (ST)
Peat smoke and forest floor notes accent the dried apricot, candied orange peel, sea salt and star fruit flavors, followed by a modest finish. This well-integrated, elegant wine is just beginning to show some age, but the firm acidity suggests many more years to come. (AN)
(12.8% alcohol; 8.2 g/l total acidity; 3.04 pH; 6 g/l residual sugar): Pale straw-green. Delicate nose offers notes of fresh herbs (oregano, rosemary), green apple, lime and pear, with the green edge increasing with aeration. Then richer and fresher on the palate, showing lovely balance and precise minerality to the rich apple and apricot flavors. This struck me as much more complex and interesting on the palate than the on nose. Finishes long and clean, with a hint of peppery herbs. (ID)
Very attractive nose – exciting, lots of racy stuff. Very pure and lively and energetic. Round and complex. Will be released late 2008. Zesty and interesting but a bit austere still – even though they are going to release it before the Clos Ste Hune. (JR) 18/20 points
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