This is an archive of tasting notes from participants in the UK wine forum, with notes from before 2005








UK Wine Forum - Alsace & the Loire
Notes from participants in the UK Forum are added in chronological order.

Alsace

03/04 1994 Domaine Zind Humbrecht - Clos Hausever-Wintzenheim Riesling
After I had finally tasted an Alsatian wine that I had wanted to buy, Charles decided to let me loose on an older example. Light gold, the nose showed strong nuances of overripe pears and a little kerosene with the subtle minerals. Slightly off dry, a seamless and spicy character with very good length. 89+/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 1989 Clos St Hune - Vendage Tardives - Trimbach
Light gold and the label said 14% alcohol. Focused mineral fruit, quince, a little citrus, a touch of sweetness. When I took my first sip, waves of spice and dry schist covered my taste buds, leaving a long bone dry finish. Young and very impressive. The best Alsatian wine I have ever tasted and one of the finest white wines I have ever drunk. 95+/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2000 Riesling GAEC Lerchenberg
The soil on which this vineyard is planted is more clay based. A very light lemon with a dry and mineral nose. Fresh, balanced, dry with a clean and pleasing finish. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2000 Riesling Grand Cru Froehn, GAEC Bio
Lemon with a touch of light gold. The nose was mostly closed but I found a hint of wet rocks. Bone dry with a long length, this wine needs time and has good potential. 90+/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2002 Pinot Blanc - Cave du Roi Dagobert
A very light lemon, the soft flowery nose hinted at sweetness. Off-dry palate that was a tad spicy, it showed a decent length for the simple wine that it was. 83/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2002 Riesling - Cave du Roi Dagobert
A light yet bright lemon, I found some minerality with soft white flowers and rosewater. Lemon sherbet with nice acidity and good balance. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Tokay Pinot Gris - Cave du Roi Dagobert
Light yellow with a soft and creamy nose. I found a surprising level of freshness in the mouth, this wine had a good length and was enjoyable. 87/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2002 Gewurztraminer - Cave du Roi Dagobert
Light gold in colour, the exotic nose reminded me of fresh leeches and mango. A positive minerality showed itself on the pleasing length, and its slight austerity was refreshing. 88/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 1998 Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten - Cave du Roi Dagobert
A yellow straw shade, the austere nose was flinty and wet schist in character. Dry with a very good length on the finish, this still needs time to develop. 90/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 1998 Gewurtztraminer, Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten - Cave du Roi Dagobert
A touch of light gold in the glass led me to a soft acacia nose. Balanced and very slighty off dry, this showed a good length but was not as flamboyant as I was hoping. 87/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Riesling Grand Cru Rangen, Clos St Theobald - Domaine Schoffit
Bright gold, the nose of sweet apricots blended well with the focused minerals. Bright acidity, a touch of sherbet and spice. This showed a lovely long finish and impressed me. 92/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Tokay Pinot Gris, Grand Cru Rangen, Clos St Theobald - Domaine Schoffit
Bright gold, I found nuances of quince and a little spice as well. Off dry with a backbone of acidity that carries this wine's residual sugar well. The long clean finish is dry and enjoyable. 90/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2002 Gewurtztraminer - Grand Cru Rangen, Clos St Theobald - Domaine Schoffit
Also a dark yellow, I smelled sweet lychee and not much else. The palate was a different story from the nose, with spiceness, residual sugar and acidity delivering a seamless yet enticing mouthfeel. An excellent wine. 91/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Riesling - Domaine Trimbach
shows some minerality. The palate is bright, fresh and shows biter lemon, but apart from that there is not much flavour. Is this wine closed? 82+/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 1998 Gewurtzminer - Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - Domaine Trimbach
Bright gold in the glass, I found a restrained sweetness of ripe apricots on the nose. Dry with a good balance of the residual sugar, the respectable length finishes with a gentle softness. 89/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 1998 Gewurtzminer - Vendanges Tardives - Domaine Trimbach
Also a deep yellow colour, I detected more sweetness than the previous wine, as well as quince and lychee. Off-dry initially, the austere dryness surprisingly kicks-in after a couple of seconds, then settles down to a moderately dry finish. Certainly more powerful that the other cuvee. 90/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Riesling Herrenweg Turckheim - Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
A medium straw yellow, the soft and aromatic nose reminds me of lychees and other exotic fruits. Very slightly off dry, this is nevertheless well balanced and ends in a decent finish. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Riesling Heimbourg - Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Bright gold, the simple nose is soft and flowery. The palate walks a tight rope between dry and off dry, with a good dose of minerals showing as well. 86/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Pinot Gris - Grand Cru Rangen - Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Golden colour, the nose reminded me of lemon sherbet and fresh lychees. Off dry, I felt there was a slight loss of focus due to the lack of acidity, but this is still a good wine. 89/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Gewurtztraminer - Grand Cru Goldert - Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
A rich gold, the nose was predominately sweet with hints of rosewater and lychee. Off dry on the palate, a level of dryness did try and assert itself but did not make it. Good length. 89/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Riesling - Grand Cru Schlossberg - Domaine Albert Mann
Light gold in colour, I nosed soft white flowers, but certainly held a hint of minerals in it. The hauntingly austere palate showed an impressive mineral length and any residual sugar has been expertly vinified so that it is not an issue for me. I vowed to try and get hold of some of this wine, for it was just a pleasure to drink. Although young, I am sure that this will develop over several years. I look forward to trying that out. 93+/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2002 Gewurtztraminer - Grand Cru Furstentum, Vieilles Vignes - Domaine Albert Mann
Light gold, I did sniff honeyed lychees. Off dry and with a mineral core, the balanced length was very pleasing. 88/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

02/04 2001 Tokay Pinot Gris - Altenbourg Le Tri - Selection de Grains Nobles - Domaine Albert Mann
Bright gold, I found some flowers and a hint of sweetness on the nose. How different once I took my first sip! Sweet to the point of luscious but held together with sharp acidity, this showed me why fans of this style of wine stay loyal. Impressive and maintaining my attention as it danced around my palate, this baby of a wine has a long and happy future ahead. 92+/100 (Nicos Neocleous, UK

01/04 1990 Louis Sipp Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg
Clear medium yellow gold with green tinges. On the nose, some development - quite limey/zesty for mine. Some had already called Riesling, but were uncertain as to its origin. In the mouth, just a tad off dry, good fruit intensity - cumquat and lime zest - quite rich as well. There's some development here, but the wine doesn't seem that old either. Nice crisp acidity as well. Quite warm alcohol on the finish suggesting the wine was from a ripe, warm year. (Phil Shorten, UK)

01/04 Dopff & Irion Alsace Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive 1983
Waxy/silky texture. Nice and unctuous, hint of lychees, though becoming just a little 'flat' with age. Some sweetness, but not pudding sweet. VG/E (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/04 Zind Humbrecht Alsace Gewurztraminer VT 98
Fat, oily, OTT, sweet entry but sour finish. Impressive but not my thing. G/VG (Paul Armstrong, UK)

11/03 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling Vobourg Clos St-Landelin 2001
Green yellow colour. Lovely floral-scented nose, very limey. Great concentration and an exquisite fruit/acid balance. Long citrussy finish. Very good indeed to Excellent. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

11/03 Riesling Schoenenbourg SGN 1988, Deiss, en magnum
Rich, aprocotty nose. Lots of creamy minerals. A very ripe cirtic edge to the fruit. Platae is big and powerful, but not amazingly sweet. Very good acidity. Lots of minerals on the (very long) finish. Most pleasing, but is it a touch tired? (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile VT 1990, Trimbach
Very concentrated, ripe, citric nose. Plenty of soil character. Very long and complex. Most stylish. Drinking well now. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Riesling Clos St Hune 1973, Trimbach
Rich, petrolly nose. Very mineral. Very soily. Really precision, incredible focus, real purity, incredible length. Ultimately fine, indeed incredible. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Riesling Schoenenbourg 1997, Deiss
Citrussy, orange-peel nose. Quite ripe with real concentration. Some real late harvest character. Palate is surprisingly sweet. Why isn't this a VT? Real concentration and style. Very good, but in a crazy style. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 2001 Domaine Weinbach Gewurtztraminer Aftenbourg - Cuvee Laurence (Alsace, France)
The aperitif white was medium gold, the nose showing more sweetness than floral nuances with a touch of marzipan. Plenty of controlled sweetness with good underlying acidity, nice length and a little complexity. 90/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 2001 Domaine Weinbach - Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee St Catherine - (Alsace, France)
A strange smell of pine trees with quince somewhere in there as well. Soft and slightly off-dry, this persisted with a good length. 87/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 2001 Domaine Weinbach - Tokay Pinot Gris Altenbourg - Cuvee Laurence (Alsace, France)
Light gold, I nosed bitter lemon and a dash of marzipan. Very soft and creamy, no detectable acidity, off dry with a long length. 91/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 1991 Domaine Weinbach Riesling - Quintessance de Grains Nobles (Alsace, France)
This 14% sweetie was a deep gold. I sniffed ripe apricots, a touch of cinnamon. So luscious and very sweet, the minute long finish is balanced and somehow is cleansed towards by the end by the acidity doing its job unseen and subtly. A flamboyant wine that will develop and keep for many years. 93/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 2000 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl
This 100% Pinot Gris offering looked bright gold in the glass. I sensed a piercing grapefruit and lychee sensation in my nostrils. Ann off-dry palate showed very little residual sugar (phew!). Soft and forgiving, the simple and slightly bitter finish showed its youth. This wine needs several more years of bottle age before it will begin to reveal its personality. 91/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

09/03 Meyer Fonné 2000 Muscat Vignoble de Katzenthal
12% (Lay & Wheeler). Medium to deep straw. Fairly big muscat nose with lots of tropical fruit. Light, fresh attack. Fills into a real mouthful. Rich and quite pungent. But a bit dull. Definitely not the best bottle of the case of this. OK. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/03 Deiss Burg 1998
Slightly tired nose with some Riesling hints. Petrolly but with a dirty, oily white fruit character. A touch oxidised. Palate is confused, palate is ripe and fat, but with no clear structure or style. Does not taste much of an Alsace wine, to be honest. Odd. (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Riesling Cuvée Frederic-Emile 1986, Trimbach
Tight, rather toasty nose. Palate is very acidic, but has some weight and fat from age. Not out of balance. Quite pleasing, if not fun. (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 1986, Deiss
Fat and opulent nose, quite powerful but plenty of finesse. Really balanced and stylish palate. Great acid, great fruit and wonderful texture. Top kit. (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Muscat Grand Cru Goldert 2000, Zind-Humbrecht
Refermented in the bottle, nasty, dirty yeasty character. No. The perils of having residual sugar in a wine... (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Riesling Cuvee Frederic-Emile Vendanges-Tardive 1989, Trimbach
Very ripe and exotic nose, almost tropical fruit. Good creamy mineral character. Palate is rich and powerful, but not sweet. Very good acidity, very good length, fine balance. Top stuff. (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Rangan Riesling 1995, Zind-Humbrecht
After saying it looks like a dehydrated wee sample, the wine matched with completely shot nose, disjointed palate and sharp acidic finish. Completely fallen apart, better bottles may do it more gracefully… (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 Tokay Pinot Gris Heimbourg 1998, Zind-Humbrecht
I guess I'm still a fan of ZH on the Pinot-Gris side thought, based on this showing. Fresher; peachy/citrus fruit, and quite a splash of sweetness, in a late harvest style. Good acid, nice spicy overlay, lovely balance - excellent example drinking well now. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 Reserve Tokay Pinot Gris 1994, Roly Gassmann
A much lighter caller than the above. Much more youthful seeming too with tight citrus flavours. Impressive for its youthfulness but lacked the complexity and the spart of the above. Could go on a good few more years though, and possibly higher things. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 1994 Gewurztraminer Goldert St Imer Ernst Burn
I read a comment the other day that 1994 was a very good vintage for gewurz and so it is. Lovely rich gold colour , classic lychees and spice on the nose but not at all flabby, touch of sweetness, very rich on the palate almost VT in style, with a little RS, but backed by fresh acidity to give a long clean finish. One of the best Gewurz I can remember having for a while. Excellent. (Paul Redfern, UK)

09/03 Zind Humbrecht 1999 Riesling Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann
I specifically told Charles to bring RHONE STYLE varieties. What has Riesling got to do with the Rhone? Aside from Charles and others continually attempting to brainwash me with Riesling, I have another theory. It is Charles's repressed and shall I say subtle way of rebelling against the 'status quo' of the set theme that we had chosen. Power to the people, Comrade Charles! Anyway, the wine was bright gold with a semi-sweet and very slightly floral nose. Slightly sweet initially on the palate, the dryness is respectable. I found sherbet and a touch of austerity on the finish. Enjoyable (did I say that for a Riesling?) and obviously very young but there is no doubt about the quality or breeding of this wine. 92/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

07/03 Bott Geyl 1997 Madelberg Riesling
The chameleon of the night, it was light gold as it sat briefly in my glass. A light petrol nose with a dash of minerals led to a light an lean introduction on the tongue. Its affect on my taste buds led to a rollercoaster of taste sensations as described above. The long finish showed this wines quality but I have to say it was slightly uncomfortable for me to have this ride going on in my mouth. Nice try yet again Ron, but not for my tastebuds. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

07/03 Gewurtztraminer 2001 (C.V. de Ribeauvillé)
(Majestic £5.99) Classic rose petal nose, though verging on turkish delight hinting at a bit of over-extraction. Good clean, fresh GW. Distinctly spicy and fragrant on palate. Impressive. Very good exemplar of a basic cuvée Alsace GW (and imho knocks spots off Turckheim's offerings). (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

07/03 A.Mann 1994 Tokay Pinot Gris Vieilles Vignes
This 12.5% wine is made by one of the most well respected producers in Alsace. The colour was a dull lemon, so nothing exciting there. The thrill was on the interesting nose of fresh grapefruit, sherbet and subtle lychee. A soft mouthfeel with no harsh edges, the residual sugar is pleasing and not too imposing. A very nice wine and well worth trying. 89/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

05/03 Trimbach Cuvee "M" 1996
(Served blind) Bought at the domain last September – can't for the life of me remember what made me buy it, nor the story behind the unusual labelling. Paul suggests it was a Grand Cru plot of land purchased by Trimbach and they wanted to distinguish apart from their regular bottling in the year of purchase. Priced similar to but lower than CFE. Guesses of origin ranged from Australia to Germany, but no-one picked it out as Alsace until Robert pipes up with "Northern France. Alsace. And from the austere style, I'd 1996." Not a bad guess I'd say! Quite tight, mineral nose leading to a good, open and full palate. Nice finish. (Philip Vaughan, UK)

05/03 Trimbach CFE 1996
Just pure luck that Mark bought this along allowing a comparison with the Cuvee "M" I bought. Very tight mineral nose. A much, much more austere wine than anything previous. I'd say still quite tight and closed and needed more time. For drinking now, the cuvee "m" is ready to go, but in 5 years time I suspect that would switch. Good long, lingering finish. Mark and I went back to this and the Cuvee "m" later in the evening and the CFE was showing much better than before and, based on potential (oo-er, controversial!), clearly the better wine than the Cuvee "m". (Philip Vaughan, UK)

05/03 Herrenweg Tuckheim Riesling, 1991 Zind Humbrecht 12,5%
Lots of variation between these old bottes. This had a good level, had a complex nose, but on the tongue there was a strong, corky, burning sensation. Too old. (did manage to drink almost half a bottle though at the end of the evening) (Cameron Clark, Holland)

05/03 Gewurtztraminer 1996 "Jubilée" - Hugel
Dark yellow turning into a beautiful light gold colour. Fine exotic fruits - litchee, mango, grapefruit. Well rounded with a nice long finish. The wine's natural acidity is all gone and I recommend to drink it now as I don't think it can improve anymore. 89/100 (Alain, Switzerland)

05/03 Cols Windsbuhl 1995 Pinot Gris, Zind Humbrecht 14%
Not sure if it was corked or too old. Like the Riesling the nose was ok, but in the mouth there was a strong, drying cork flavour and a hotness on the tonge. Pitty, but probably saved us from oblivion the next day. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

04/03 Joseph Freudenreich Riesling 2001, Eguisheim
Highly aromatic, almost pungent nose with crunchy green fruit, and some steely elements too. Not much like Riesling, but nice. Palate lively, with quite aggressive, vibrant acidity, limey flavours, and a decently long finish. Very good, short/medium term. I liked this, but it split opinions in the group. (Stephan Muller, UK)

04/03 Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer Herrenweg, 1990
Cheesy, slightly sweaty, mature Gewürz nose. Palate OK, but overall too old for me and lacking the fresher, floral notes and younger acid I prefer in Alsace Gewürz. (Stephan Muller, UK)

04/03 Domaine Weinbach Gewürztraminer Clos des Capucins 1999
More like it. Very good, ripe, fresh and floral nose. Palate quite broad, juicy and a very good expression of the grape. Very good indeed (Stephan Muller, UK)

04/03 Albert Mann Tokay Pinot Gris, Hengst, 1995
Very nice savoury nose, not highly aromatic but promising. Broad palate, low acidity, ripe, fat taste, verging on oily but still fresh enough- another good expression of a grape variety I like a lot. Very good. (Stephan Muller, UK)

03/04 2001 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Riesling Gueberschwihr
Yellow color. Quite a mineral nose with a faint undertow of apricot. This has lovely clean fruit and nice acidity. Enjoyable now, but worth saving. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/04 2001 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Clos St. Urbain Pinot Gris
(From half) Pale yellow. Faint apples and peach on the nose. Concentrated palate of young fruit with exceptional length – just keeps going on and on. If I have one criticism, I would have preferred a little more acidity as this wine only just avoids becoming 'cloying'. With the correct food choice, this should be very special. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/03 Tokay Pinot Gris, Grand Cru 'Heimbourg' 1997, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
The cheese wine - not a VT but smells of seriously ripe peachy fruit. Huge ripe palate with peach and lychee flavours and a long lingering sweetness on the finish. Great wine. (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/03 Domaine Ostertag 1995 Riesling Heißenberg Selection des Grains Nobles; $40 plus 375ml.
The wine shows a brilliant deep gold-orange with a touch of brown and quite a bit of tartrate that deposited in the refrigerator overnight. This is in addition to the small amount that was there already on receipt. This wine evidently has a huge index of refraction, from the looks of it. Perfumed and somewhat exotic, and oily to the nose, with a strong bergamot/Earl Grey tea flavor in addition, with hints of sweet clove and anise and much more orange and rose oil such as used to be used in extemporaneously-compounded prescriptions. Undercurrents of Northern sweet/tart peach juice. Lots of wax and figs almost like a Sémillon but without a hint of that grape's neutrality. Develops a sort of machine-shop melange of electric arc shaping and plasticizer; these are NOT faults. Big-shouldered, vivid, and Beerenauslese-sweet, of course too much over the top to be deft on its feet. Ripe tingly acidity and with plenty of carryover from the nose to palate; a pleasant touch of earth surrounds it, though. A very intense and very long finish. That ripe dusty acid becomes firmer with air and the wine balances out just as it should. A highly expressive wine, obviously the kind that one sniffs the glass of for an hour after it's empty. Three left in the cellar. There they should stay; this wine is quite primary even at eight years of age. 95-97 (John Trombley, USA)

02/03 Riesling Grand Cru Furstentum Vendange Tardive 1989 Paul Blanck (half)
Lovely colour more gold than green, nose lively slightly sweet with apricot , medium weight and sweetness lovely balance with a long refreshing finish. Very good indeed. Sipped on its own this has loads of life ahead, and is a delicious wine. (Paul Redfren, UK)


02/03 Riesling 1997 Cuvée du Cinquantenaire Albert Mann
Magnum. Bright lemony gold. Truly magnificent Riesling nose. Apples, pears and citrus with just a tough of petroleum wax. Very full attack, creamy and rich. Must be VT ripeness. Massive - utterly massive Quite huge and stunning with incredible power. Very ripe fruit. Remarkable elegance and finesse for all its power. Huge length. Stunning. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)


02/03 Meyer-Fonné Muscat 2000 Vignoble de Katzenthal
Medium straw. Lovely full muscat nose. Glourious elderflowwer, citrus and touch of vanilla nose. Notable legs. V clean and crisp attack which rounds out and fills rather nicely. Notably dry, yet full and rich. Nice streak of acidity too. VG. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)


02/03 Gewurztraminer Altenburg 1997 Vendanges Tardives, Albert Mann
Attractive, bright medium gold. Big, rich GW nose with emphatic rose petals. Lovely attack with nice acid keeping it fairly fresh. Fills enormously. Luscious without any hint of lcoying. Very full rich GW flavours - very elegant and a bit floral. Super length. VG. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/03 1997 Bott-Geyl Muscat, Riquewihr 11.5%ABV
Pale yellow, very muscatty on the nose, with good attack and mid-palate fruit but the length, while reasonable in duration, echoed the rather diminished finish to the wine. However, an enjoyable drop. Good. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

01/03 Pinot Gris Rotenberg 1997, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Bright greenish gold colour. Strong viscous legs. Aromas of overripe pineapples and strong hints of botrytis. Full, rich palate of tropical fruits, mainly mango and pineapple. Finish is long, rich and oily with a palate-cleansing acidity right at the end. Outstanding. (Paul Anderson, UK)

01/03 Deiss Riesling Altenberg de Bergheim Vendanges Tardives 1994
Pineapple and grapefruit nose, some petrol. Rich mineral palate. Not too sweet with very good acid. Very concentrated. Lovely. (David Strange, UK)

01/03 Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes 1996
Rich colour with some goldenness. One of those wines where first sip suggests a sweet wine, but in reality its just the sheer intensity of fruit. Seamless rich silky mouthfeel. Lovely stuff at peak. VG/E (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 Ernest Burn Pinot Gris Grand Cru Goldert Cuvee la Chapelle 1999
Quite a deep golden colour. A rich baked apple nose with some rich mineral/earth tones. Palate is quite full bodied, but essentially dry. Rich with plenty of fruit and a good acid backbone and a rich mineral finish. Not as heavy as I remember Burn wines being, it is lovely and rich, whilst being dry and completely balanced. (David Strange, UK)

12/02 1991 1983 Trimbach "Cuvee Frederic Emile" Riesling VT
Pretty golden color with pear, diesel and minerals on the nose as it shows secondary nuances. Rich and ripe fruit showing some lemon and herbs with fine balance of fruit and acidity. Plenty of time left for further evolution here. Take a pass on the coffee at breakfast, and pour this any day! (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1989 Trimbach Riesling
Bone dry as a good Alsatian should be, but this has a mouth-puckering .01% RS. If you run out of toothpaste, this WILL remove the plaque and do the job nicely, thank you. Clear as water with no signs that this is over a decade in age. Reminds me of the Flintstones with lots of flint, stones and minerals surrounded by - almost - an excess of acid. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1989 Trimbach Clos St. Hune "Hors Choix" Riesling VT
I know this is supposed to be a very special wine, but it was slightly corked and made it difficult to experience the greatness. Very rich and still somewhat enjoyable, but the corkiness had too much effect to be fair to a TN here. I would love to try a bottle that was in perfect condition. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1990 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling VT
I was loving this A+ wine that showed some mild hints of petrol and ripe pear aromas. Light on its feet yet showing the beginnings of maturity on the nose, it was dry, fresh and youthful on the palate. From a not so bad vintage either. Seriously, this was the real deal and is going to get even better. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1995 Brand Turkheim Riesling VT
So much Riesling, so little time…except when they are this good. Dark golden color that is a beauty worth admiring in the glass. Lush apricot and tropical fruit that is rich and viscous with complex aromas and flavors in abundance. This is a big wine that will continue to improve for another decade and one can tell already, the huge upside to come. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1998 Brand Gewurztraminer
Normally I love Brand's wines but this one was all nose and had a disappointing attack on the palate. Not fat, yet definitely in need of more acidity. This Gewurztraminer had pungent, sweet floral notes of honeysuckle and rose petals. The rest of the package was there but the balance was off kilter due to the acid shortage. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1998 Domaine Weinbach "Clos des Capucins" Tokay Pinot Gris SGN
Light in color and I thought this was a bit flabby, but others in the group felt that the acid level was sufficient. Intriguing light notes of tropical, sweet, almost sugary fruit and showing lots of minerals too. I normally go gaga over Weinbach and I liked the wine, but it was a bit disjointed at this point to my palate. Older versions of this SGN that I have had always have been memorable. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1999 Marcel Deiss "Beblenheim" Pinot Gris
Light in color and although a well balanced wine, this lacked excitement on the palate. I own a bunch of these, so I was pretty disappointed. Nice notes of green apple and under-ripe peaches, but the flavor profile was tightly wound and showing little in the way of flavor. Maybe it just needs time and then again… (Roy Hersh, USA)

11/02 Domaine Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2000 – 12.9%
Very light yellow with a clean floral nose. On the palate, well you guessed it, some residual sugar and decent acidity. Well made wine but just not my cup of tea. 82/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/02 Domaine Albert Mann Gewürztraminer 2001 – 13.5%
A nice spicy nose with a good taste but again too sweet for me with food, or even on its own. It did not taste balanced to me, maybe it needs a few years to round out? 80/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/02 Domaine Albert Mann Tokay Pinot Gris Furstentum, Grand Cru Selection de Grains Nobles 2000
This smelt of cream, spice and apricots. A closed sweetness, obviously needs plenty of time, but nevertheless a good dessert wine. 85-88/100.

12/02 Domaine Weinbach Gewurtztraminer Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence 1998
A rich and full nose, banana custard and lychees. Very mineral. Palate has no acidity to speak of, but is held in balance by a good mineral tang. Lots of ripe fruit, plenty of alcohol and quite rich. Good length. A top notch Gewurtz, I really enjoyed it. £29 from Justerini and Brooks (David Strange, UK)

10/02 Riesling Cave de Hunawhirr. 1999
Probable the poorest white of the night. A bit petrolly but not really my taste in Alsace riesling. I think either a bit thinand weedey. ? overcropped ? poor winemaking. It was not particularly acidic and so the fruit simply dropped out on the palate. Never mind. (David Bennett, UK)

10/02 1990 Trimbach "Cuvee de Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" Gewurztraminer
what a beauty this was and I couldn't get enough of it. Slight RS with minerals and apricots and a slightly oily texture. Zesty and spicy with HUGE gobs of acidity that wake up the palate. Fantastic finish. A very fine drink. (Roy Hersh, USA)

10/02 2000 Muscat Vignoble de Katzenthal, Meyer-Fonné £8.95
Mid gold. Good muscat nose. Some fragrance, but not too grapey. Fullish attack. Very rich and quite buttery, but bone dry with a nice understated streak of acidity. V. rounded and well-balanced. Avoids being over-fragrant. Clean, rich and quite elegant. VG after, with nice length. I like this. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Pinot Blanc Vieilles Vignes, Meyer-Fonné £7.75
Lightish lemony colour. Light nose, almost a hint of poached salmon to it. Clean, rich attack, with some sweetness. At first seems a bit simple and unchallenging (nothing wrong with that), but after a couple of minutes comes across as quite concentrated, with a touch of complexity. Good finish and VG length, but a little oversweet. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Gewurztraminer Tradition, Albert Mann £8.95
Rather deep gold. Big Gewurz nose, though not too heavily extracted: rose petals rather than rosewater. Full with a nice richness, but not too assertive. Some nice acid to keep it in check. V clean on finish with a good length. Perhaps a little simple. Doesn't have the class of the Meyer-Fonné muscat. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum, Albert Mann £12.95
Medium pinkish gold. V elegant nose - quite light. Lovely attack. Layers of flavour. Enormously complex. Extremely good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Riesling Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg, Meyer-Fonné £12.95
Pale to medium gold. Very delicate stylish nose - beautiful elegance. I think Nicos' ballerina has leapt from his palate and up my nose! (see his 'good week' post 20/10/02 if you don't get the allusion) I find the nose slightly waxy with just a hint of malic and noticeable minerality. V attractive attack. Rich & full but bone dry. Elegant and stylish. Very good. Exceptional length. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Pinot Noir elevé en pieces, Meyer-Fonné £12.75
Pale, not overly attractive insipid colour. Passable nose with fair fruit. Light. Reasonably fresh. Fair fruit on palate. Thin. Fair. (Why do they bother ....?) (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 Cremant d'Alsace, Meyer-Fonné £8.95
Biscuity nose. Clean. Light. Good depth of flavour. Nice finish. Good. But the Dopff au Moulin cuvée Julien that the Wine Society used to list was better. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Pinot Gris Réserve Particuliere, Meyer-Fonné £9.95
Medium to deep gold. Nice light PG nose - good fragrance. Nice attack. Slightly harsh notes on middle. Possibly a bit over-extracted. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Gewurztraminer Tradition, Albert Mann £9.45
Deepish gold. Lightish gewurz nose - very very obvious lychees and rose petals. Not over-extracted. Good attack. Very pleasant, full gewurz. Quite complex. Nice balance. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Riesling de Katzenthal, Meyer-Fonné £8.95
I'm convinced this was a bad bottle, but as nobody else on my table seemed to be particularly bothered, I'll give the full note. Dullish nose - smells like a fairly generic new world Riesling. V full on attack which barely carries through. Dull. Boring finish. Fair length, but dull. Verging on the poor. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1998 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg, Albert Mann £11.95
Wow! What a nose! Fantastic. Full & fresh nose - with a bigtouch of smoked haddock. Lovely attack. Oily, rich, quite fat. Very satisfying. Complex, full and generally excellent. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst, Albert Mann £12.95
Very attractive, if very light PG nose - slightly nutmeggy and a bit oily. Reminiscent of baked egg custard. Lovely rich attack. Full and very definitely off-dry. V. v. full on palate. Might even think of gewurz if tasted blind. Touch of acid on finish keeps it in check and balance. Good length. Very good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg, Meyer-Fonné £14.95
Exquisite nose - very fresh and very elegant for gewurz. Good attack, quite fresh with some fruit. Fills beautifully. Big, big deep gewurz on palate. V full, but not aggressive. Exceptionally well balanced. Very good indeed. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1995 Riesling Rosenberg, Vendanges Tardives, Albert Mann £13.95 50cl
Lovely gold. Really fabulous nose. Some honey and beeswax, though also oddly a touch spirity. Magnificent nose. Magnificent attack... fresh with good acid. Fills quickly. Very concentrated, though still with the acid. But in the mouth, it's curiously un-satisfying and even seems a touch simple - could it really be just past its peak and going over the hill??? Finishes very dry. Don't drink it, just sniff it! (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1997 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg, Vendanges Tardives, Albert Mann £14.95 50cl
Delicate, restrained, mightily elegant gewurz nose with smoky notes. Full attack. Nice sweetness, though very well balanced. Full and verging on the ethereal. Massive finish. Quite magnificent. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/02 Tokay Pinot Gris, Grand Cru Pfersigberg, H Erhart 1996
Initially dull but opened up with a little warmth into quite a heady nose, a little oily, and although rich and full in the mouth, lacked true acid balance. Still, long and flavoursome. Good plus. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

09/02 1999 Charles Baur, Pinot Blanc
Very pale yellow. Nose is lightly perfumed, light melon with citrus notes. Palate is surprisingly thick with just adequate acidity to keep balance. A lovely aperitif wine. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

09/02 1999 Charles Baur, Riesling Cuvée Charles
This wine is similarly very pale yellow. Nose has citrus notes and a little apple too. Good acidity on the palate which is not as fat as the pinot blanc but is mineral with more concentrated fruit. A good, pure wine, but needs another 1-2 years to gain interest. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1995 Josmeyer, Tokay Pinot Gris l'Exception
Lovely gold colour. Nose is quite subdued but there are melon notes, and something almost like acrylic emulsion paint - better than it sounds! The palate is thick and sweet, and unlike many concentrated TPG's, (to my palate) has plenty enough acidity to avoid becoming cloying. The acidity is excellent, pushing the tastes into a long finish. This cuvée spends 8 months in oak, but it's not apparent. Fine, and even more so for being on sale at €12.5 for 50cl. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1995 Trimbach, Riesling Clos Saint Hune
Medium yellow. Nose is concentrated with lemony notes and the barest hint of grapefruit - something a little deeper, possibly oak influence, but no kerosene. The dry palate has good intense fruit and excellent acidity, what sets it apart from the stylisticly similar Deiss, Saint Hippolyte, is a strong mineral streak. This is the certainly the best 'dry' style tasted, is it worth 4x the cost of Deiss' Hippolyte? - probably not, but I don't think I'll ever turn it down! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1995 Josmeyer, Riesling L'Exception
Deep gold colour. Nose has only a suggestion of kerosene together with medium botrytis and apple. Rich and thick in the mouth, some sweetness with good acidity and nice length. This wine whilst still very, very good, still doesn't shine quite like it did a year ago. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1997 Dopff Au Moulin, Riesling Grang Cru Schoenenburg de Riquewihr
Yellow colour. Nose is lemon and pears. Although looks viscous, doesn't seem quite so in the mouth. Lovely pure citrus flavours with very good acidity. Slightly off-dry style with a little oak still evident. Better with food, but food not so obviously necessary as with the Leeuwin. A fine wine. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1997 Marcel Deiss, VT Riesling Burg
Golden colour. Nose has very faint kerosene and equally faint botrytis with a lemony lift. Palate is very thick with some sweetness. There is a prickly sensation on the end of the tongue (CO2), even 2 hours after opening, though gone after 4 hours. Very good acidity, but the finish was only on the long side of medium. Still some evidence of oak on the palate, but not enough for this to be a 'food only' wine. Without the prickles, a fine wine, with the prickles, only very good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

08/02 1997 Marcel Deiss, Riesling St Hippolyte
The light yellow/green colour of a year ago is now a stronger gold. The nose is muted, with some limey notes, but no kerosene. The bone dry palate is another matter with a definite kerosene tinge. Much fatter than a year ago, when the acidity was dominant, now beautifully balanced. A super wine, and at under €12 from the domain, cheaper than all of the Australians. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

07/02 Riesling Grand cru Wiebelsberg vendange tardive 1997, Marc Kreydenweiss
Gold colour. Medium dry palate, starting to display petrol flavours. Not as sweet as previous wine and perhaps should have been drunk before. Good length. Is the acidity going? Good - drink soon? (David Pope, UK)

07/02 Trimbach Riesling 1999
The basic bottling. Dry, peachy palate. Good length and acidity. Still rather closed. Much better with food. Needs time. Probably over-priced - 'you're paying for the name' was someone else's verdict - but should be good in time, perhaps good plus. On this evidence, Cuvee Frederic Emile at slightly over twice the price is much better value. (David Pope, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Pinot Blanc 2000
Hazelnuts, walnuts and hazelnut leaves on the nose, good intensity in mouth. Very good Blanc. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Riesling Les Écaillers 1997
Some petrol already showing on the serious, concentrated nose; mineral and petrolly in mouth, slightly hollow, austere and very Alsatian in style. Good intense finish of soaked bread or bread soup. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Riesling Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim 1997
Petrol more subdued here, more steely and elegant but also more austere than the previous wine. Another very dry wine (less than 2 g/l) as Beyer people like to stress. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Pinot Gris Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim 1997
Rich, buttery, slightly overheated nose but still quite elegant, with notes of ghee. Soft but quite oily on the palate and at times actually almost bitter. Very fine concentration and length for a basic wine. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer 2000
Classic nose of citrus rind, fruit leaves and exotic flowery. Slightly austere and alcoholic in mouth, too dry to y tasates to withstand the power although that might work with food. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim 1998
More elegant and perfumed nose here with an extra layer of tropical richness, but cool as of givré fruit and all the more attractive for that. Fat, slightly bitter in mouth, but in balance and quite integrated. Lacks a bit of length, with the austerity still showing. But this is very convincing despite the extreme style of which I frankly am not a fan. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Gewurztraminer Séléction de Grains Nobles 1989
40 g/l r.s. Colour is not too dark and so is the nose, showing airy and juicy, with a light honey and pineapple jam or coulis character. Good integration, syrupy texture, but seems slightly watery, with varietal bitterness on the finish. Lacks concentration to my tastes but I often have this problem in Alsace (too much Ruster Ausbruch, I guess). (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Tokay Pinot Gris Séléction de Grains Nobles 1989
This is seriously oily, seemingly sweeter but also airier in its profile; slightly biting tropical fruit but lacking focus as the above Gewurz. Good balance, with some botrytis bitterness coming up on end, together with a slightly herbal touch. A very traditional, hard-core Alsatian wine as all in the Beyer range. May be this and the preceding need even more time. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Léon Beyer Tokay Pinot Gris Séléction de Grains Nobles 1994
An under-the-counter bottle grabbed to impress me. 140 g/l. Dark golden colour. Very rich pineappley and honeyed nose, also quite charged with botrytis, but also quite elegant. A mushroomy note on the quite long finish. Not the greatest of SGNs, but very promising. (Nerval, UK)

06/02 1997 Marcel Deiss, Riesling St Hyppolite
The light yellow/green colour of a year ago is now a stronger gold. The nose is muted, with some limey notes, but no kerosene. The bone dry palate is another matter with a definite kerosene tinge. Much fatter than a year ago, when the acidity seemed to boss the show, now beautifully balanced. A super wine, and at under £7 from the domain, puts many Aussies in the shade for value - I suppose they have to come further though (!) (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Pinot Blanc 2000
Includes 40% Auxerrois. Petrolly nose with hints of bakery, licorice and candied fruit. Rich and very convincing on the palate, with a touch of sweetness on the finish and typical Pinot Blanc laziness. But a brilliant 'small' wine. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Cuvée du Roi Clovis 1999
A côteaux selection, includes some grand cru fruit. Slightly vegetal and petrolly, typical, reasonably expressive, if slightly bitter. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Gewurztraminer Cuvée Saint-Rémy 1998
A rich style of Gewurztraminer with a custardy, buttery touch to the nose, while the palate is rather gentle and not as bitter as expected. Good middle-of-the-range Gewurz. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 1997
More herbal and bitter than the preceding wine, with rosemary notes on the nose and some cooked character on the palate. Slightly unpleasant finish. A more delicate style of Gewurz which seems to have suferred at the vinification stage. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Tokay Pinot Gris Hengst Grand Cru 1998
Around 20 g/l of residual sugar. A rather neutral Pinot Gris with some macerated green chilli pepper character, a touch of fruitiness on the palate, and quite typical oily fruit. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 2000
2 g/l of residual sugar. Still rather yeasty and stinky, but serious, thick and concentrated on the palate, much on the dry side, in an austere style which seems to find more and more followers these days, allegedly because it goes better with food (not necessarily true, of course). Balanced by decent amounts of acid. Good expression of Riesling. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1999
still rather stinky on the nose, apparently sweeter, flowery, with a touch of mushrooms – altogether more in the traditional Alsatian style IMO. In mouth rather neutral, with a touch of sweet fruit towards the finish. Consistent with the nose. Less exciting than the 2000. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1998
spicy nose, but with an unpleasant air freshener character; not very convincing on the palate either, with unripe vegetabley acidity. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1997
same slightly volatile touch as in the 1998, but softer, slightly liqueury in the fruit profile, rich and integrated mouthfeel. Good fruit and well-made. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1996
Flowery, honeyed, liqueury, minor spicy touches, rich, but still rather subdued in style, not explosive; drier than most, with good balance but a certain amount of kitcheny, food-processing flavours, weakens on the finish due to a lack of acids. Mr Mann says he prefers 1997 to 1996 but to me they are on the same level. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1995
rich fruit pulp and liqueur nose, again quite concentrated for what it is, with fine balance in a dry, slightly austere style. Mr Mann says some amount of rot diminished the usual finesse of the cru; again, not something easily perceivable in this tasting. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1994
this is much more oily and liqueury in texture, lacking some focus, with a hints of bitterness on the nose; clearly less concentrated than the 1995, but much in the same dry style. Again an oily impression. Good Riesling. I preferred the 1995 by a small margin, but both showing quite well. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1992
Oily-petrolly on the nose, slightly vegetal, again not the most focused of Rieslings. Developing petrolly notes, but still quite fresh for its age; subdued but balanced. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1991
Mr Mann says proudly this is 'very elegant'; to me it starts green and lettucey on the nose, with a touch of petrol that is more focused than in the younger wines; lacks some concentration in mouth, in fact the finish is a bit diluted and green. Less good than others. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1990
Ripe fruit, buttersquash, caramel, notes of basil; great texture, a reasonably intense wine with lots of content, fresh-tasting and very different from most of the bunch above, clearly much riper, if with some amount of foxiness. A Turkish delight note lingers on the finish. Une gourmandise is the adequate French term for this. Excellent. (Nerval, UK)

05/02 Wunsch & Mann Riesling Hengst Grand Cru 1989
Petrolly and almondy, this also shows quite green, but balanced, soft, with the Turkish delight note of the 1990 also in evidence here. Almond oil and marzipan flavours in mouth, wonderful sweet pâtisserie finish as of coffee-flavoured custard. Excellent for this very touch. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Riesling Silberberg de Rorschwihr 1998, Rolly-Gassmann
Very pale greenish-yellow. Citrus lemon nose with slight hints of petrol. Mineral freshness with floral notes going into a quite rich lemon finish with a searing acidity. Very good, but a bit young yet. Drink 2004 - 2015. (Paul Anderson, UK)

04/02 Gewurztraminer Brandhurst de Bergheim, Sélection de Grains Nobles 1997, Rolly-Gassmann
Light golden colour and quite thick. Quite subdued nose but obvious Gewurz aromas of lychees and turkish delight. Again, the palate is subdued but showing beautiful balance of tropical fruits (peaches, pineapples, mangoes and lychees) with a rich, sweet, spicy unctuousness. Finish is long and sticky with a lovely acidity cleaning up at the end. Oh dear though !!! This was pure infanticide. This wine will truly be great but not in this decade - drink probably 2010 - 2025. (Paul Anderson, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Crémant d'Alsace Cuvée Julien NV
60% Pinot Auxerrois, 40% Pinot Blanc. Not much of a nose. Broad on palate, full in flavour, but lacks any kind of focus. Tart finish. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Pinot Blanc Tradition 2000
12% alc. Allegedly 100% Pinot Blanc. Slightly stinky fermentation vat nose, again very neutral on the nose (mostly due to the glasses, I should think), dry and frank on the palate, not bad but without any particular character. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Riesling Tradition 2000
12% alc. Perfumed and oriental nose here with hints of Turkish delight, showing some signs of hollowness. Crisp but rich and spicy fruit, on the dry side, rather powerful, with a slightly weak finish. OK. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Gewurztraminer Moulin Blanc 2000
13% alc. Ashy and gravelly, unpleasant in mouth. Clearly an off bottle. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Tokay Pinot Gris Riquewihr 1999
12.5% alc. This is an estate wine. Rich green colour. Rich but not as heady as expected on the nose, slightly herbal with a whiff of chlorine. Off-dry on palate, rich but rather cheap in its profile if that makes sense, not extremely refined. But OK for a TPG. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Gewurztraminer Riquewihr 1999
13% alc. Nose has a hint of green fruit gelée, minor bitterness and an airy profile; palate shows liqueury character and some naked alcohol, rather vague flavours really. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 1998
13% alc. Again a rich colour with high amount so of green. This has more to it: slightly petrolly nose of rich ripe fruit, strong in mouth, lacking an extra dimension of ripeness especially on the finish, but with great balancing acidity. Cool profile, not the most charming of Rieslings but has the concentration I expect from a grand cru. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Gewurztraminer Vendages Tardives 1997
13.5%. Quite a typical VT Gewurz with gelée aromas and some smoke, if again aromatically slightly superficial; on the palate soft, creamy, with medium sweetness, slightly dull with a bitter lemon peel finish. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Doppf au Moulin Gewurztraminer Riquewihr Séléction de Grains Nobles 1989
12.5%. Rich apricotty colour with a rosey hue. Rich, again slightly dirty nose, not much botrytis showing, with a slightly cakey character but clearly a step up in concentration. The mouthfeel is not entirely pleasant, with a citrus tinge and low acids, balanced, not heavy, pleasant to drink, if not the most stratospherical of SGNs. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Schoffit Chasselas Vieilles Vignes Cuvée Caroline 1999
12.5% alc. Quite dark colour. Vegetal, hot-region nose with hints of creaminess, rich in flavour and alcohol, not very refined but certainly well-made. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Schoffit Pinot Blanc Auxerrois Cuvée Caroline 1999
13% alc. Stinky and organic nose here, with a medicinal, dentist's room note, while the palate has good, consistent creamy texture on the verge of oiliness, not extremely convincing but OK to drink. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Schoffit Riesling Harth Cuvée Caroline 1998
12% alc. Mildly flowery and buttery, fresh on palate, with a degree of vegetableness, and showing some alcohol on the finish. Juicy, drinking nicely. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Schoffit Gewurztraminer Harth Cuvée Caroline 1998
13% alc. Dark in the glass. Lettucey touches, but overall quite a characterful Gewurz with lemon peel, lychee, tropical notes, on the palate lacking some ripeness, very subdued in style, highly bitter on finish. Watery and vague, not exciting. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Schoffit Tokay Pinot Gris Cuvée Caroline 1998
Much green-tinted. Vaguely varietal bouquet lacking definition; pretty much off-dry on the palate, again slightly vague but with decent intensity, quincy and creamy, lacking some acid for balance but otherwise pleasant. (Nerval, UK)

02/02 Gewurtztraminer Les Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 1983 Trimbach
Spicy nose with tropical fruits and hints of turkish delight. Lovely spicy flavours on the full rich palate with hints of peach, lemon and that turkish delight on a long bacon fat finish. 18.5/20 (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/02 Zind-Humbrecht 1992 Gewürztraminer
Nice floral, grapefruit, citrus nose. Soft palate with very fresh, grapey fruit, and very good intensity. Showing young, and very well. (Stephan Muller, UK)

02/02 Hugel "S" 1997
Gewurz, tokay and riesling at a guess, the gewurz making it an odd mixture, pleasant, just dry but odd nonetheless. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

02/02 Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Kitterle Riesling 1995
Green gold colour also, with a faint whiff of kerosene and waxy limes on nose. Palate has great persistence but fearsome levels of acidity. Very tight, very impressive but not really enjoyable. Maybe drunk 10 yrs too young or else I just don't understand Alsace wines. 13/20 (Anthony Taylor, UK)

11/01 Tokay Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives, 1996 Cave de Turckheim
A: Bright, clean golden green. Slightly thick and clinging to the glass. N: Lovely nose with slight whiffs of toffee at first followed by huge whiffs of preserved oranges and hints of apple. Also some slight smells of botrytis. P: Palate is more restrained than expected, given the power on the nose. Flavours of honey, peach, then limes giving a good acidity to fend off any chance of cloying. The finish is quite long with a spicy dryness coming through at the end. S: This is very good and a well balanced wine. Drink now - 2010 (Paul Anderson, UK)

09/01 1996 TPG Rangen, Zind-Humbrecht
Closing down a little on the nose - swill it and shake it to wake it up a bit if you feel brutal - it seems to now be concentrating on getting the palate up to full speed. Which is fairly staggering, frankly: the balance has been noticably fine-tuned in the last six months, and is now as ideal as one could wish for. Alcohol, sugar and acid are in a harmony that too often eludes Olivier Humbrecht. No one would call this wine a ballerina, but the procession of vast but perfectly matched opposites across the palate, combined with burning intensity and extraordinary fat, make it entrancing. Flavours of copper and old apple, as well as astonishing minerality for a TPG, are a wonderful and rather Tokaji-like complement to the richness of the ripe grapes. The nose offers a fabulously wide range of textures of aroma, from fat to petrol via mincemeat and cleanest pure fruit, all too intricately allied for easy separation, but is less generous with its charms than it was a year ago. Wait until 2006-8, I reckon. (George Horton, UK)

05/01 Trimbach Gewurtztraminer 1998
From a half bottle. Clear lightly golden colour, beatiful but restrained nose of lychees and floral hints, lovely typical gewurz flavours and a finish with just enough soft acidity. A long time since I'd drunk a Trimbach gewurz, this was lovely. (Mark Pearce, UK)

04/01 1995 Jos Meyer - Riesling, Cuvée l'Exception
Bright & shiny halfway between golden and straw coloured (I'll go with gold). This wine has an understated nose of appley fruit, a hint of waxyness and just perceptable kerosine. This cuvée sees several months in oak, but it's not obvious (unless you read the label!). At 12.5% alc. it sits wonderfully in the mouth, There is a hint of sweetness, it's thick but not cloying with cleansing, but not biting acidity. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon in the sun. Really very good. (Bill Nanson , Switzerland)

04/01 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile '97
The right colour for a young riesling - pale brassy yellow with hints of green. Tight nose smacks of youthfulness with bright citrus fruit, minerals and a touch of fresh churned butter. Palate very youthful/unevolved but with a rounded mouth-feel and nicely fresh, integrated acids; practically bone dry. Hints of lime on the modest finish. Doesn't offer as much (flavour, complexity or length) as the '94 today but unwinds enough to show good potential. Very good, certainly good potential to improve. (Nick Alabaster , UK)

03/01 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile '96
The colour is of a light burnished, immediately suprising me for being darker than expected. An initial blast of limes and lightly honeyed pineapple seemed to turn more buttery, sugared and overripe quite quickly in air. Added to that a seemingly vegetal like edge, or was that because of the over-ripeness perhaps in a botrytis like way? On the palate this show a fat, very much off dry style with buttery citrus fruits which still packed in plenty of acidity underneath. The finish was long in a VT sort of way but picking up nutty oxidation like notes along with butter and sugared fruits. Minerals and limes so much more typical of a young riesling where not much in evidence from this showing, however, served a 5 degrees straight from the fridge a more tighter, chalkier character was produced which showed less sweetness and over-ripeness. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

03/01 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile '94
Much more like it ! Same colour as the '96 but served at the same lightly chilled temperature showed far less sweetness, some maturity but more limes and crisp buttery fruits on the nose and less over-ripeness. In fact as it warmed it remained at least as fresh and appealing on the nose and palate. The palate too is immediately more lively showing supple ripe limes, mineral like acidity; rounded but distinctly dry and a crispness that was refreshing and most certainly hit the spot. The finish too was clean, maybe not as lingering as the 96, but dry and fruity and certainly long. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

03/01 1998 A. Boxler Pinot Blanc ‘L20B’
A secret handshake – this L20B business signifying decrepit old vines, printed in a small font on the top left of the label, as if only people who are literate (and numerate) are qualified to drink this wine. Cunning, cunning. Well, this greets me with the promise of alcohol before beguiling further with light spring flowers, lots of minerals, and some very light citrus fruit – not a powerful nose in the usual sense of the word, but packed with some real flavour. Thicker on the palate than most pinot blancs I’ve had, just slightly off-dry, but with a good vein of acidity, of course, and a lean, but not mean, wine that finishes by tobogganing down a gentle Alsatian dirt slope covered with compacted January ice. Lovely wine, pleasurable now, and I would keep one just for fun, to check in a few years. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)

03/01 1998 Trimbach Pinot Blanc
Saw this on the shelf of the store (La Vigneronne, which did the sherry tasting), recalled Hoke’s notes, and since it was just a paltry half for a fiver, I bought it, thinking that it would be great fun, especially since Bryan said he had brought what he considered to be a great Pinot Blanc. Oxidised, not so obviously on the nose, but dead and flat on the palate, with a surprising lack of acid. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)

03/01 1995 Kreydenweiss Tokay Pinot Gris, Moenchberg Grand Cru
Terroir, cepage, what’s the point when Kreydenweiss is making wine? Honey, spice, minerals, almost driving forward with some pepper and botrytis over a core of ripe soft, approachable peeled fruit. A fair whack of acid on the palate wakes one up to the immense possibility of flavoursome gratification throughout the drinking stage, without collapsing into flaccidity and shaking its rather pert bottom on an enchanting finish, like a well rehearsed cheerleading squad with its final flourish. Very nice indeed. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)

03/01 1997 Trimbach Pinot Gris, Cuvee Personnelle
Of course they gave me a Pinot Gris in exchange for my Pinot Blanc, those nice people. Too bad it was just a half as well this time. This is more whimsical, less weighty, but no less serious a Pinot Gris, without the late harvest characteristics of the Kreydenweiss, instead choosing to focus on faded potpourri (not a bad thing), lots of powdery minerals and a blast of dirt. Some honey and fruit in the mouth, but a real grace and zippiness that marks this out as a truly food friendly wine without obliterating immediate drinking pleasure. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)

03/01 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederick Emile 93
Hmm. Not sure what I expected but I'm sure flavour was part of it. pale colour, beginning to get hints of petrol on nose but little else. One dimensional palate with oily texture. Thin and short, very disappointing. 12.0 (Anthony Taylor, UK)

03/01 1997 Domaine Weinbach - Cuvée Laurence, Tokay Pinot Gris
Thick, medium gold colour in the glass. A little closed, but beautiful nose of honeysuckle and apricots with just a hint of dried fruits. In the mouth full bodied, thick, off-dry and for me, slightly cloying. There was reasonable acidity, but I didn’t find balance. This is a very rich wine, and is of course a quite young, but currently I would suggest better with food. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

02/01 1989 Trimbach CFE Riesling
Gorgeous nose of citrus fruit, some kero, and buttressing minerals. Good definition in the mouth, austere and severe but in an enjoyable way, and close to becoming fully integrated, with hints of honeyed fruit hamming it up on the otherwise mineral-tinged finish. Lovely wine. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)

01/01 Bott-Geyl Gewurztraminer GC Furstentum 1998
Very attractive, clear light gold in colour, vaguest hints of orange at the rim. Rich and heavy aroma of exotic soft fruit and honey. This smells seriously sweet, but tastes much less so. Slightly syrupy, mouth-coating consistency with not-too-forward spicy undertones and a definite suggestion of sherbet dab in the finish. For me, acidity levels are not *quite* there, and the 14% alcohol seems to dominate a little. Still very enjoyable overall. (Bryan Collins, UK)

01/01 Lorentz Tokay Pinot Gris Grand Cru Allenberd de Bergheim 1990
The part closed mineralic nose with hints of smoke and honeyed fruit is followed by a soft, rounded palate with honey and spice flavours, and good depth. It’s an impressive mature wine from a less well known producer, and perhaps the only criticism is a touch of bitterness on the finish. It’s a style I like. Very good+ (Jamie Goode, UK)

12/00 1996 Marcel Diess, Pinot Noir, Burlenberg, Vieille Vignes
A monster, a complete monster! The back label said decant 2 hours before 'degustation', so I lost patience after 25 minutes. Deep ruby colour with an edge of brick. Clear, but not 'glintingly', 'shiningly' clear. A nose like the smoke from a barbecue, really dense, almost overpowering, finishing with the smell of freshly opened (before the spoon/knife goes in) mixed fruit jam. The first swirl in the mouth was really impressive and 'thick', lots of spice. plenty of acid and really long - fantastic. Unfortunately after half a glass, I simply found the wine too much like hard work, it was just too 'big', too smokey etc. - my wife, however, loved it. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

12/00 1990 Vendage Tardive Riesling - Les Viticulteurs Reunis
From half bottle. A pale lemon colour, the nose having hints of botrytis & lemony-lime. Plenty of mouthwatering acidity with lime coming through. The mid-palate was a little ‘musty’ and hollow, again only the merest hint of botrytis. Slightly sweet finish - more of a demi-sec. I liked the start and finish, but not the middle. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

12/00 1995 Riesling, Grand Cru Mambourg - Les Viticulteurs Reunis
Pale straw colour, viscous, almost oily to pour. Very clean appley nose not distinguised by much else. The palate is mouthwateringly fresh with an almost lanolin, semillion type finish. Nice but not that special. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

12/00 1996 Gewürztraminer, Grand Cru Mambourg - Les Viticulteurs Reunis
Darker straw colour. Nose was of characteristicly exotic fruits. In the mouth a bit of a surprise, very sweet - like a VT, certainly much sweeter than the 1990 Riesling VT. Lacking in the acidity department, but cruised through a mexican type meal without problem. I would have guessed that this was a slightly past it’s best mid ‘80’s VT ! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

12/00 1997 Tokay pinot Gris, Grand Cru Mambourg - Les Viticulteurs Reunis
Deep golden colour - darkest of all these wines even though the youngest. Nose is clean but closed. Looks quite thick in the glass and this follows through on the palate. Definitely not as sweet as the gewürz, and again something not quite right on the palate. Very short with just a hint of bitterness. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

11/00 Hugel Riesling Jubilee 1997
Super-reliable Alsace Riesling, drinking really well considering the young age. Only problem is that I've recently bought loads of this at the Oddbins sale and so the mark up really did make me wince a little! The wine itself is very light in colour with the distinctive gasoline aroma mingling with merest hints of lemon. Went down very well with my three friends who I don't think had ever tried Riesling before - some more converts hopefully! Had to get a second bottle. (Bryan Collins, UK)

09/00 Kreydenweiss 1998 Tokay-Pinot Gris Lerchenberg
Smoky rich nose leads to a soft, slightly fat palate. It's complex but a little bit light in style, lacking real presence on the palate. Otherwise very good though. (Jamie Goode, UK)

06/00 Tokay Pinot Gris 'Furstentum', Mann, 1996
Some poor grape selection means a potentially good wine has been spoilt. Decaying vegatables on the nose, improves a little in air but only after many hours, maybe there's some botrytis in there too or is it just rotten as opposed to nobley rotten grapes ? Some good honeyed citrus fruits, otherwise balanced and pleasant. A shame, follows a disappointing '97 Riesling from them too. (Nick Alabaster - UK)

06/00 Kuentz-Bas "Cuvee Tradition" Tokay Pinot Gris 1990 (13% alcohol)
Deep gold, rich banana and ripe melon nose. Unctious palate full of sweet fruit. (Fantastic mouthfeel!) Lovely seville orange acidity on the finish. Perfect. (Daron Fincham - UK)

06/00 Domaine Willm "Clos Gaensbroennel Willm - Reserve Exceptionnelle" Gewurztraminer 1990 (13.5% alcohol)
Lighter colour. Immediate spice on the nose. Perfumed: rose water? Quite subtle for a gewurz. Powerful dry palate overlaid with honeyed complexity. Grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Very good. (Daron Fincham - UK)

06/00 Gewurtztraminer, Vendange Tardive, 1990, Andre Lorentz
A: Clean golden colour with tinges of copper. Quite viscous with strong legs. N: Powerful nose of honey, tropical fruits, lychees and stewed apples.
P: Rich, ripe spicy flavours of grapes, pineapple, apricots and tropical fruits all held together by a good lingering acidity, followed up by a long, rich finish and mouthcoating viscosity. S: Vry tasty full flavoured Gewurtz VT. Drink now - 2005+ (Paul Anderson - UK)

06/00 Gewurztraminer, Dom.Weinbach, Cuvee Laurence, 1995 Clos des Capucins.
A: Pale/mid-gold, hint of green, sparkling clarity in a rare burst of sunshine between the clouds last Sunday May 28th.
N: Floral and tropical fruit, but quite subtle rather than strong, possibly the result of a recent cold. I'll have to try it again next weekend.
P: Very luxurious and smooth combination of fruit, acidity and alcohol (13%). I find it hard to distinguish and name the complex fruit flavours that are typical of the grape. Then a honeyed and almost sweet effect, but the sweetness gives way to a long dry finish and an inclination for another mouthful. S: A overall impression of very high quality. I imagine this wine is at its best right now. I can't see the rest of the case lasting too much longer to find out. I love Gewurztraminers from across the world and the different price ranges, although expensive at £17.50 per bottle, this is the best I can remember. (Trevor Hills - UK)

06/00 Gewurztraminer Furstenstum, Bott-Geyl 1995
Appearance : pale/mid-gold Nose: Lychees and sweet candied grapefruit very powerful and attractive. Taste: Loaded with fruit, after a couple of seconds a forceful zingy acidity (sherbet lemons?) but finished in perfect harmony and balance. A delicious wine which it was difficult not to guzzle down, drunk on its own but would compliment Thai flavours well. Purchased at Majestic (UK) £14.99 (Mark Robertson - UK)

05/00 Gewurtztraminer Turckheim 1998, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
A: Pale green, clean, crisp, strong legs.
N: A burst of exotic aromas of rosehip, lychees, passion fruit and turkish delight with hints of smokey bacon lying underneath.
P: Multi-dimensional flavours of sweet, rich tropical fruits with a balancing bitterness. There's flavours of rose petals, lychees and apricots. The finish is long with smokey bacon fat and mouth coating turkish delight. S: Tremendous quality Alsace gewurztraminer from a great producer. It's a 'no holds barred' big, rich and full flavoured wine just held back from the brink of overblown (it's 14.5% alc) by a restraining bitterness and acidity. Drink now - 2005 and possibly beyond. (Paul Anderson - UK)