The faintest hint of elderflower touches upon the subtle lemon-peel notes on the nose before riper hints of orange appear. The palate comes with real impact but on a very filigree-fine structure that uses lemon zest both as a structural base for freshness and as a swirling aromatic highlight. This is lovely, sinuous, long and concentrated, slender but impactful and rather elegant. Lovely. (AK)
From 50-year-old vines in Alsace's one and only (very small but steep) schist terroir in Andlau (Bas-Rhin), Julien Schaal's 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Kastelberg Riesling "Schiste" is super pure, fresh and flinty on the deep and stony/lemony nose. It's like perfume distributed onto stones! Full-bodied, lush and very elegant on the palate, this is a powerful, tight, straight, bone-dry, austerely mineral, piquant and tensioned yet fine Kastelberg based on ripe and perfectly healthy grapes. Great concentration and length here! The finish is enormously pure, salty and highly stimulating. Dry Riesling at its best! This is still a baby but with great aging potential. And have a look at the price! (SR)
An intense, finely knit white, this exudes mineral and spice notes that underscore the creamy palate of quince, star anise and blood orange sorbet flavors. Long and racy on the finish as this echoes the petrol-accented minerality. (AN)
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