(2022) A blend of 65% Riesling with Gewurztraminer (including a tiny bit of late-harvest) and Muscat, this has 9g/l of residual sugar. This is made by Claude Gisselbrecht, and has a nice lift with a touch of waxiness and ripe pear and apple, the Gewurz florality comes through too. The palate has great quality and freshness, though there is a slippery limpid texture, but the sweetness against the bite of the acid is beaufifully balanced, that exotic note from the Gewurz comes through.
(2021) The nose is rather neutral on this Alsace Riesling, apple and lemon, maybe the vaguest suggestion of honey. On the palate there's some residual sweetness, and good clarity, lemon being the predominant note to fruit and acidity. If you are an Alsace fan looking for incisive character of the best Rieslings it may disappoint, but it falls into the category of 'very pleasant' rather neatly. Part of the Lidl summer 2021 wine tour.
(2021) Bott-Geyl farms organically and this Riesling is organic- and biodynamic-certified. Aromatically it has a touch of kerosene and beeswax, distinctively Riesling, with some floral notes and the crunch of juicy apples. In the mouth, is it just off-dry? Certainly the finish is dry and balanced, but there is a sweetness to the fruit on the mid-palate certainly, with a free-flowing clear fruit profile that gives way to a pithy citrus edge in the finish.
(2021) A very attractive rendition of Muscat this, not lacking in the distinctively floral and nettle freshness of the varietal aromas, but with plenty of crunchy, vivid, bone-dry apple fruit and a great searing core of citrus acidity that drives the finish with a bit of real personality. Quite full bodied, it's a long and powerful wine, finishing punchy and pithy.
(2020) From 30-year-old vines grown on silty soils over chalk, this wine matures on the lees for several months. That adds some weight and texture to this otherwise crisp and zingy-fresh Riesling, pale in colour and offering scents of fresh-cut apple, a touch of blossom, and a suggestion of Epsom salts in the background. In the mouth it has some weight and concentration, but the citrus zest vitality and delicate sense of minerals in the finish keep it focused and long into the finish. A lovely rendition of a classic style.
(2020) Chardonnay is not one of Alsace's noble varieties, hence this is not an AOC wine and is MMXVII - it cannot be sold as a vintage wine. Unoaked I think, but has creaminess and some buttery character from lees ageing presumably, and it is a pretty, floral-edged and clean orchard fruit style, wild yeast fermenation just adding an earthy, herbal nuance. It has texture and some mouth-filling weight, a touch of sweetness or just very ripe fruit, which gives a tropical edge on the palate, but a balanced and easy finish, the acidity doing its job admirably in an enjoyable rendition of Chardonnay.
(2017) Very fine nose, fine Gewurztraminer character, spicy and smoky, lots of residual sugar to give a delicate but exotic fruitiness that has intensity and yet filigree lacy acid framework. 17g/l makes it off-dry and a great match for Thai food or very ripe tomatoes with good olive oil, or simple pizza.
(2017) So ripe and generous, rich and almost strawberry-scented, that nice tropical character but then the delicate smokiness and the very firm edge of acidity, meaning the 9g/l of sugar just disappears into the finish.
(2017) Very nice spices and cool apple and pear fruit at first, then a little more peachiness comes through. Lovely mouth-filling and sweet fruit, but dry and quite steely on the finish. Lovely dry extract grip.
(2017) With only 5g/l of residual sugar this is essentially dry, with delightfully delicate Muscat aromatics, fresh grapy and perfumed, and a certain mango and grapefruit skin richness on the palate. Long finish, very well balanced by the acidity and a certain mineral element.