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Luxembourg tasting notes

text and photographs © 2008 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Gales / Caves St Martin

St Martin Crémant Rose Brut Very nice delicate strawberry fruit. A fine lemony palate with good sharpness and some tart raspberry fruit.

St Martin Auxerrois De Nos Rochers GPC 2006
Creamy, bright, softly fruity and approachable, nice pear and apple fruit. On the palate it is also open and easy to drink, with fine, clear fruit and just a little skinny/tannin grip. Good grapefruity acidity keeps this crisp and balanced, playing against the sweetness of fruit and 7gms RS. 87/100

St Martin Pinot Blanc De Nos Rochers GPC 2006
Very slightly creamy and mealy quality over pure white fruits here. Pear and juicy red apple bursts onto the palate, with lots of life about it and a certain sweetness again, but quickly sliced through by a lemon pith, clean and quite mineral acidity. Very clean and stylish. 88/100

St Martin Pinot Gris De Nos Rochers GPC 2006
More apricot and peach and deeper scents, with a touch of honey and smoke. The palate has plenty of fruit, with life and tang about it, the fruit being pear and juicy apple again, but adds lots of citrus zest and a streak of minerality. Zesty and very nicely balanced with a persistent finish. 88/100

Gales Crémant Heritage Brut 2003
50% Pinot Blanc, 30% Riesling and the rest Auxerrois, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fine, delicately fruity nose with a touch of florality. The palate has very crisp, clean, well-delineated fruit and freshness, with apple and lemon zest and a little salty tang that is refreshing and quite dry in the finish. Plenty of finesse without much complexity 86/100

Gales Auxerrois Remich Hopertsbour GPC 2005
Bright, focused, yellow plum and pear fruit. Nice juicy, deep, full-flavoured palate with considerable finesse and plenty of cool apple and grapefruity acidity offsetting the sweetness of fruit and a little residual sugar. 88/100

Gales Riesling Wellenstein Kurschels GPC 2005
Fine, dry, stony character and cool underripe apple and melon fruit, but all quite subdued and steely. Palate has a pithy dryness with grapefruit and lemon to the fore and raciness to the structure with crisp acids. 88/100

Gales Pinot Gris Wellenstein Foulschette GPC 2005
Suggestion of sweet-fruited richness with lots of pear, peach and stone fruit. Tangy, quite grippy palate, but has finesse again with fresh acidity and a lovely fruit/acid balance. 88/100

Gales Pinot Blanc Domaine et Tradition 2004
A touch of toffee fleetingly, then ripe orchard fruits and little glimpses of something floral. The palate has some weight and texture, but the driving force here is tangy citrus fruit, with a chalky, dry minerality starting to come through and a dry pithy finish. Very stylish again. 88/100

Gales Riesling Domaine et Tradition 2004
A great Riesling vintage according to Marc Gales. Big, luscious, honeyed nose, with hints of tropical fruit but then a certain cool, classy apple and melon quality. On the palate fairly dry, but with a good concentration of fruit, rounded out with a little toffee or caramel, but with a mineral, white acidity keeping things very fresh. 89/100

Gales Pinot Gris Domaine et Tradition 2004
Excellent fruit here, with vivacious life about it. Powerful concentration, with a refreshing grip and zesty tang, lots of pithy dry qualities and then the tropicality comes through on the palate again, even hinting at pineapple and mango. Very well-balanced, and the pithy dryness is really matched by the fruit and a bit of textural weight in this case. 89/100

Gales Crémant de Luxembourg Riesling Jubilee Brut
A little touch of honey or toffee precedes fresh, zippy fruit with a very creamy, persistent mousse. The palate ha a softer edge than I expected (thankfully) with the razor sharp cirrus and mineral freshness all there, but a softening touch of sweetness. 87/100

Caves St Martin
53 route de Stadtbredimus
L-5570 Remich

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