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Luxembourg tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Domaine A. Gloden & Fils

A Gloden & Fils Crémant de Luxembourg
100% Riesling. Very herbal on the nose, with tarragon and thyme pungency, overpowering fruit. The palate bursts into life with plenty of fruit and citrus and lots of crisp, crunchy acidity. Plenty of sweetness, with little nuances of herbs and of exotic fruit, this is a fairly complex style, with a touch of autolysis, though that herbal note is at first slightly odd. 86/100

A Gloden & Fils Rose de Noirs Mousseaux
A saignée of Pinot Noir, which also concentrates the still Pinot. Lovely pale soft pink colour. Quiet a sweet, creamy nose, with lovely strawberry and quite creamy, earthy fruit. Very nice fruit on the palate too, with just off dry personality. Lovely mouth-filling fruit, with a nip of tannin and good lemony acidity making it very sharp. Lots of grip and fruit, in a very nice style. 88/100

A Gloden & Fils Pinot Gris Wellenstein Foulschette 2006
Yields around 70 hl/ha. Refined, lightly herbal nose, with touches of grassiness and quite fragrant pear and blossom notes. Off-dry, with that herbal note reappearing, giving a little liniment character, but the fruit base is good and the acidity well balanced. This has a balanced, refined style fir Pinot Gris, without any flab or excess. 87/100

A Gloden & Fils Riesling Wellenstein Kurschels 2005
Very nice waxy nectarine skin and lemon zest nose, with a touch of poppy seed and some gentle herbal notes. On the palate this has lovely apple fruit, with a sweetness of ripe pears coming through, and a touch of residual sugar (8.5% RS). Lovely, refined, juicy fruit with lots of elegance and fine balance and length. 88/100

A Gloden & Fils Riesling Sélection 2006
Appealing apple nose, with touches of waxiness and some bruised pear skin notes, but basically very pure with a touch of minerality quite obvious. More residual sugar evident here, with a beautifully limpid, mouth-filling sweetness, and some fine honey and caramel nuances. The clean, zesty lemon avoids the pithiness of some, in a very elegant style of off-dry to semi-sweet Riesling. 24gm RS, 6.8gm acidity. 88/100

A Gloden & Fils Gewürztraminer Schengen Markusberg GPC 2006
Lovely, expressive Gewurz with plenty of herbal, grassy and rose-like aromas, with a certain waxy quality. The palate too is very nicely itched, with medium body and a raciness that keeps it crisp and mouth-watering. 8gm RS, 5.5gm total acidity. 87/100

A Gloden & Fils Pinot Noir Tradition Domain 2003
Plenty of depth to the colour, though slightly brown. Big coffee and chocolate nose, with deep, nutty and berry aromas. Fairly dark and perhaps a touch stewed? The palate has some nice Pinot fruit, with good sweetness and quite a silky texture. This finishes quite well, with a bit of spice and fruit depth with soft tannins. 87/100

Domaine A. Gloden & Fils
2 Albaach
L-5471 Wellenstein

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