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Luxembourg tasting notes

text and photographs © 2008 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Domaine Alice Hartmann

Alice Hartmann Crémant Brut
Riesling, chardonnay and pinot vinified in barrique. 2000 bottles. Plenty of oak apparent, with toast and charry notes, that are rather unintegrated at this stage. But lovely fruit beneath, and a note of herbs and nettles, with masses of slightly pithy acidity. A very profound and serious take on Cremant, that I'd like to taste with a couple of years in bottle 88/100

Alice Hartmann Riesling Wormeldange Koeppchen La Chapelle 2006
Lovely, delicate floral notes of apple blossom and downy peach, with just a fine, talcumy touch of chalky minerality. The palate is dry, with plenty of pithy, dry lemon acidity and lemony fruit. There is very nice ripeness, and a hint of breadth on the mid palate, but this is tangy, fresh and shimmers with life. 89/100 Chalky soils

Alice Hartmann Riesling Wormeldange Koeppchen Les Terraces 2006
Perhaps slightly more refined, subtle, mineral, but still that delicate peachiness. Lovely palate of cool, refined, crisp pear and green apple fruit. Delightful acidity here, very precise and mineral and less aggressively pithy. Gorgeous stuff finishing dry with grapefruit freshness. 90/100

Alice Hartmann Riesling Wormeldange Koeppchen Selection de Chateau 2006
Extremely pure, refined and elegant, with subtle peach and apricot fruit and a crystalline salty minerality. There's a touch of green apple too, that continues onto the palate. Huge grapefruity palate, with terrific intensity and masses of zest. Lemon and lime, and a stony, precise, cool mineral quality shines through. Fantastic wine with beautiful, crisp balance. 92/100

Alice Hartmann Chardonnay Clos du Kreitzerberg-Grevenmacher 2006
Very pale lemony yellow, with plenty of creamy vanillin oak. Plenty of butter and oak, with some very clean orchard fruit. The oak is adding a sweet yet astringent note too, with very acidity. This seems to be of extremely high quality, and once the copious oak integrates, it is definitely a wine with capacity and structure to be very fine. 89/100

Alice Hartmann Pinot Noir Clos du Kreitzerberg-Grevenmacher 2005
Pale ruby colour, with nice spice, herbs, a touch of earthiness and raspberry fruit. Good acidity and fine. Fruit through the mid palate. Lacks a little flesh and real fruit sweetness, but very good at 11 euros. 88/100

Domaine Alice Hartmann
72 rue Principale
L-5480 Wormeldange.

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