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Luxembourg tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Charles Decker

Charles Decker Crémant de Luxembourg NV
Blend of 2003 -2005. Has a nice yeastiness, with plenty of nettly verve and lemon fruit. Palate is very expressive, with masses of vibrant fruit. Real personality. 88/100

Charles Decker Pinot Blanc 2005
Harvested in October. A touch of nettle and of oxidation. On the palate some good character comes through, with a blast of sour plum fruit and lovely pithy grapefruit acidity that powers through. Any hint of sweetness is powered away. Delicious. 90/100

Charles Decker Riesling Vin de Glace 2004
Fine, fat, honey and barley sugar notes. Little notes of toast and fig. Delicious palate, with plenty of richness and thickness but a fantastic Seville orange marmalade tartness and cut. Very good. 91/100

Charles Decker Pinot Gris Vin de Paille 2006
Gentle, toasty, apricot and sweet tobacco nose. Delightfully luscious palate, where the thick, syrupy richness is underpinned by masses of fresh fruit reminiscent of apricot and orange. The palate has all sorts of nuances; tobacco, fudge, dried glace fruits. Lovely length and balance. 92/100

Charles Decker Gewürztraminer Vin de Paille 2006
Less aromatic than I might expect, but nicely creamy and apricot fruit. On the palate more delicate than the pinot gris, but also less intense and explosive. Lovely gentle honey and smokiness in the finish. A fine counterpoint to the PG and lovely. 90/100

Charles Decker
7 route de Mondorf
L-5441 Remerschen

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