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Luxembourg tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Domaine Cep d'Or

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Blanc Stadtbredimus Goldberg GPC 2002
Very subtle herb and straw-like aromas, with minerality but not a lot of fruit on the nose at first. Does open in the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp, with some weight there. And a little waxiness to the fruit. A fine fruitiness does emerge, with some banana and ripe, juicy pear. Well balanced and very juicy yet fresh. 88/100 8.0% Acidity, 5.8 % Residual Sugar.

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Blanc Stadtbredimus Goldberg GPC 2006
Again a very subtle, in this case rather closed nose with crisp pear and apple. A touch of lemon sherbet. On the palate this has plenty of verve and crispness, with grapefruit and lemon to the fore, and some dry apple and lemon acidity. Very crisp and fresh, and quite fleshy in the finish, with very good balance. 88/100 7.5% acidity, 6.0% RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Auxerrois Stadtbredimus Primerberg GPC 2002
Decanted before pouring, this has an open, attractive, floral and peach nose, with exotic fruit notes suggesting pineapple and nectarine. On the palate bone dry, with an oatmeal and buttery note and fairly full texture. Has very nice balance, though I'd have liked more fruit coming through perhaps. 87/100 8.0% acidity, 2.7% RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Auxerrois Stadtbredimus Primerberg GPC 2003
Ripe pear and peach fruit, and a little note of straw. Gentle almondy quality. On the palate much more vivacious, with a citrus juiciness to the fruit, and lovely orangy tang. Some lemon and pithy lemon acidity keeps this crisp, though it has some sweetness that is flattering too. 88/100 % acidity, % RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Auxerrois Stadtbredimus Primerberg GPC 2006
Clean, crisp pear nose, with some lemon and orange raciness. The palate has good, bright fruit, mostly grapefruit and orange with zesty life about it. The higher RS adds a sweet and softer note in the finish, though that pithy grapefruit keeps this crisp. 87/100 7.2% acidity, 9.5% RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Riesling Stadtbredimus Fels GPC Signature 2002
Rocky (Fels) vineyard. Expressive mineral and wax nose, with some lemon and delicate floral character. Very punchy and vivid, with fat, zesty lemon fruit and a stone-fruit character coming through. Lovely shimmering acidity here, in a very nice wine with good length. 89/100 8.5% acidity, 6.0% RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Riesling Stadtbredimus Fels GPC Signature 2006
Harvested at 45 hl/ha. This has a slightly less expressive nose at this stage, but similar aromas of lemon and light waxiness with those blossom notes. Very crisp and mineral on the palate, with a stony, salty, precise acid character. Leaner than the 2002 at this stage, but Johnny thinks it is outstanding and too young. 89/100 8.2% acidity, 7.1% RS.

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Gris Stadtbredimus Primerberg Signature GPC 2005
Mealy, quite fat fruity aromas, with some ripe, exotic melon fruit. The palate has a fat to its texture and fruit density too, with smoky notes and a plump, juicy fruit quality. Mouthfilling and very luscious and open, with a bracing nip of lemony acidity in the finish. Very easy to drink but some structure and complexity. 88/100 6.8% acidity, 8.0 RS

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Gris Stadtbredimus Primerberg Signature GPC 2006
More closed and minerally, with white fruit character. Some delicate blossom notes, with apple coming through strongly. On the palate there's a burst of fruit and sugar sweetness, but then a bold, juicy plum and apple fruitiness comes through along with powerful acidity that really freshens the wine. This is not at all blowsy, yet has weight and presence. 89/100 7.5% acidity, 9.7% RS

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Noir Stadtbredimus Goldberg Signature GPC 2003
Very sweet impression on the nose, of fine cherry and raspberry fruit, with some smokiness and a hint of caramel. A little sous-bois note, but basically fruity and creamy. On the palate this has quite a punchy, high-acid and spicy style, though the softness of the fruit does come through. Slightly short, with a tiny astringent note that detracts slightly. 86/100 but at only 9.50 Euros retail… 4.8% acidity, 2.0 RS

Domaine Cep d'Or Pinot Noir Stadtbredimus Goldberg Signature GPC 2005
Much more solid colour, though a slightly reticent nose. Some cherry fruit and spice. On the palate fairly solid and fruity, with decent balance and a silkiness that I like, though the wine itself lacks a bit of finesse and is perhaps slightly clumsy (for Pinot Noir), finishing with that touch of astringency and some spicy notes. 85/100 5.2% acidity, 2.2 RS

Domaine Cep d'Or Gewürztraminer Stadtbredimus Coteaux Signature GPC 2004
A blend of four vineyards in the village of Stadtbredimus. Quite expressive Gewurz, with smoke and a little hint of bacon fat, then delicate spice and more floral notes come through. The palate is quite crisp, with a racy grapefruit and lemon character, all quite racy and light-bodied, with the sweetness just softening the edges. 86/100 5.5% acidity, 10.4% RS

Domaine Cep d'Or Gewürztraminer Stadtbredimus Coteaux Signature GPC 2006
Very similar nose, with those spice and smoky notes intermingled with flowers and a touch more peachy fruit. Palate is much more vital and vivacious than the 2004, with a pucnhiness and clean, racy acidity that counteracts the residual sweetness. Very attractive Gewurz. 89/100 5.1% acidity, 12.8% RS

Domaine Cep d'Or
15 route du Vin
L-5429 Hëttermillen

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