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When in Alsace…..

A couple of days ago I received yet another request for some pplaces to visit when in Alsace and Southern Germany, so I’ve decided to put my suggestions up for everyone to see and I’ll add to them from time

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Jérôme Mader, A rising star in Alsace

Domaine Mader Grand Cru Schlossberg Pinot Gris

In the June 2013 edition of Revue de Vin de France (The truth about the 2012 vintage…) amongst the few real successes in Alsace is the wine made by Jérôme Mader at Domaine Jean-Luc Mader in Hunawihr in Alsace. In

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Clos Ste Hune 1997, Domaine Trimbach

Clos Ste Hune 1997

  A pale golden hue and  what a delight on the nose! There is plenty of citrus notes, well-balanced by floral notes, white flowers and all underpinned by a subtle mineral note. The nose is so complex that I found

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Kientzheim-Kaysersberg Cooperative: good value, great wine

I’ve been working my way through a number of this Co-op’s wines over Christmas and there are a few great ones amongst them! Alsace has a number of “Caves Cooperatives”, and whilst the reputation of some cooperative wines in some

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Alsace VTs will be few and far between in 2012

Alsace Gewurz grapes July 2012_R

The producers who did manage to harvest grapes for VT wines in the 2012 vintage are the lucky ones – the offerings will be tiny, but those we do get should be magnificent, as the weather before the rains hit

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Domaine Vincent Spannagel, Cuvée St Marc Riesling 2010

Cuvée Saint Marc Riesling

This delightful, but sadly rare Alsace riesling from Domaine Vincent Spannagel is an absolute delight! From a Katzenthal producer who is very private (so much so, that all you get is an email address, no website!), this is a wine

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The Demise of Alsace’s Domaine Lucien Albrecht

Lucien Albrecht Riesling_R

Given my passion for the Alsace region in general and Riesling in particular, it was with some sadness that I read about the demise of the grower and négociant Domaine Lucien Albrecht some weeks ago. It seemed to come out

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A few delightful Alsace Rieslings

These wines were tasted at cellar door during a trip to Alsace in July 2012 with members of the Hong Kong Wine Society.   Allimant-Laugner Riesling Grand Cru Praelatenberg 2011 One of the smaller Grand crus, situated between the villages

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Tassie Whites you do me proud!

Australia’s smallest state may only produce 1% of the nation’s wine, but they’ve certainly punched above their weight in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. Having judged in an international wine competition in the past, I am always keen to

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