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Remy Gresser

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Biodynamic Alsace.

Remy Gresser (France) Duttenberg Sylvaner 2004
Pleasant fresh pear nose, with some skinny phenolics. The palate is a touch phenolic too, but with a nice freshness, with lots of pear fruit and good acidity.

Remy Gresser (France) Kritt Pinot Blanc 2004
Rather dank, a tiny bit sulphury, with some nettle aromatics and more skinny character. This has decent fruit on the palate, but it is not particularly fruity. Fresh, and quite pleasant.

Remy Gresser (France) Kritt Riesling 2004
Light, fresh and clean on the nose, with crisp apple fruit. On the palate it is very straightforward and fresh, with crisp lemon and apple fruit and good balance. Very pleasant.

Remy Gresser (France) Duttenberg Riesling 2004
More mineral and salty character, with dry lemon and white fruit character. Palate has more nervosity, with a shimmering core of lemon and mineral acidity and very crisp fruit. Light to medium bodied, but a nice long finish.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Weibelsberg 2004
Mineral and quite leafy character, with an appealing hint of complexity. A touch less austere than the Duttenberg, with a little hint of sweetness and fullness, but then very keen, crisp acidity really cuts through the finish leaving it dry, but long.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Kastelberg 2003
A more developed nose, with a hint of petrol and that lime skin, waxy character. The palate has a little richness, but the acidity here is very good, with a clean, pure acidity and that waxy richness.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Moenchberg 2000
Quite a dark colour, with a touch of nutty, marmalady oxidation and overripe buttery character. Very pure, quite full, waxy Sharon fruit flavour, with a fine backbone of acidity holding it together. Dry and savoury, but with fullness.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Moenchberg 1985
Lovely waxy complexity here, with notes of cold tea and ripe, full apricot fruit. A nutty, Cox's Pippin intensity too. The palate is quite austere, with just hints of honey and stone fruits swept along by a rush of very mineral acidity. Tangy and long, this still has a lovely freshness and good balance.

Remy Gresser (France) Muscat Brandhof 2005
Beautifully fragrant, grapy and floral quality is classic Muscat. A touch of plum and apricot fruit. Very nice balance on the palate, with enough fruit and a just off-dry character, with lovely but gentle acidity. Very moreish.

Remy Gresser (France) Pinot Gris Brandhof 2004
Quite a crunchy character to this wine, with very crisp apple and pear fruit. The palate is just off-dry, with a pleasant fullness and silky ripeness of fruit. The balance is lovely in a very easy drinking wine.

Remy Gresser (France) Gewurztraminer Kritt 2005
Nicely aromatic and classic, with gently rose and lychee character, and very fresh and grapey. The palate has good sweetness (8gl) and a thick, quite unctuous character. The spice really comes through, and the fragrant nature of this. Lovely quality.

Remy Gresser (France) Duttenberg Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes 1998
Quite a honeyed, full, nectarine fruit on the nose, with a palate that is really vivacious, with a beautiful, very distinctive palate that is almost like mango or guava juice, with lots of orangy acidity and fine, fine length. Terrific.

Remy Gresser (France) Andlau Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 1999
Very lovely, delicate honey and leaf tea aromas with a background of floral, rose scents. The palate has beautifully judged sweetness: the purity is key here, with a toffeed, rich, pure fruit palate wrapped with a sheen of honey and vanilla, and with a lovely pithy, dry grapefruity acidity that is nicely harmonious. Delightful.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Weibelsberg Vendange Tardive 1997
A tiny bit of nutty oxidation, but lovely Botrytis richness, with fig and quince, and plenty of honey. On the palate this is delightful, with a clean, rounded, fruity character remaining, but there is also lovely minerality. Long and delightful.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Moenchenberg SdGN 2000
Quiet dark. Fully Botrytised nose, with dripping honey and barley sugar character. Thick dried apricot fruit and hints of ripe fig. On the palate this has lovely weight and full texture, with a luscious thickness of nectarine juice and honey, and some of that leaf tea and tobacco background. Lovely acidity here - more mineral than citrus, and very long and cleanly balanced.

Remy Gresser (France) Riesling Grand Cru Kastelberg SdGN 1999
Really dark buttercup/gold. Extra concentration with dried apricots, honey, orange and marmalade, and a herbal quality that is lovely. The palate is very ripe, rich and almost oily, but there is fantastic precision to this wine. What ;lovely character, With hints of toast and fabulous balance. Moenchenberg is perhaps slightly more vivacious, but this is decadent and terrific.

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