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Luxembourg tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Bernard-Massard


Bernard Massard Crémant Cuvée de L'Ecusson 2003
Lovely pale gold and steady stream of bubbles. Fine, lightly honeyed and very gently toasty. Clean, fruity peach and ripe apple fruit. Plenty of weight and a hint of richness on the palate, with quite mellow toast and fruit, but very crisp, quite fat lemony fruit and acidity comes through. Mostly Riesling and Pinot Blanc. 88/100

Bernard Massard Brut NV
Made from international wines and will retail in UK at £7.99. Very nice colour with abundant small bubbles rising in centre of the glass. Attractive fresh and fruity pear and red apple fruit. Fresh, just off-dry, with plenty of easy-going fruit and a nice core of lemony acidity that is fresh and appetising. 86/100 In UK

Bernard Massard Brut Rosé Pinot Noir NV
Nice, distinct strawberry-scented Pinot Noir fruit, with a gentle character. A combination of Sud Tirol pinot noir wine, and Pfalz Pinot Noir grapes that are vinified as a Saignee method. Crisp, fairly dry and delicate palate, with perhaps a little lack of depth on the mid-palate, but very crisp and elegant in the finish. 86/100 In UK

Château de Schengen Pinot Blanc 2005
Very attractive floral, lightly musky, very aromatic wine, with ripe pear fruit. Palate has some fruit sweetness, but quickly becomes dry and quite pithy as fruit gives way to and apple acidity. 7gm residual sugar, 11%. Grown on schisty soils common in Schengen. Label features a drawing by Victor Hugo. 87/100

Domaine Clos des Rochers Riesling Grevenmacher Groaerd 2004
"Riesling Grey". Pale lemony green colour, with clean, lightly floral and peach blossom aromas. Nice hint of fatter, waxy lemon and lime, with a fine acidity. Has some weight, though perhaps finishes a little short. Very good Riesling character though. Harvested late in a good, average year. 12 year old wines. One hectare of single vineyard. 87/100

Domaine Clos des Rochers Riesling 2003
Fine herbal, nettle and subtle, waxy notes. More minerality than the regular 2004 tasted earlier. The palate has a dry, decisive acid character, with crisp apple fruit and some lemon rind, over a pure, clean, very taut acid structure. 88/100

Domaine Clos des Rochers Riesling Vendange Tardive 2003 Fut 155
A selection of Botrytis grapes, harvested early October, with others that were dried - almost vin de paille - but not Botrytised. . Only 105 litres produced in total. Very attractive, but delicate nose, with wax and floral aromas, but not a powerful Botrytis character. On the palate medium bodied and has a certain lusciousness. Real concentration on the mid-palate, with intense apricot fruit, but at the same time very fresh, with a crisp mineral and lemon pith. Ultimately could be accused of being fairly simple, but lovely quality and finesse 90/100

Bernard-Massard
8 rue du Pont
L-6773 Grevenmacher

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