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

Josmeyer (France) Riesling Le Kotabbe 2004
Quite crisp, a little confectionery note, some lemony fruit. Very lemony and fresh on the palate, with waxy quality to the texture and flavour. This finishes very dry, with a real shock of lemon pith quality. Very much a food wine, but deliciously succulent and really quite long.

Josmeyer (France) Riesling Grand Cru Brand 2004
Very closed and tight at present, with a shimmering mineral quality at the core. A really austere wine on the palate at the present, with a very precise, pure, linear style from start to finish, shot through with nervous minerality. There's a hint of lime and waxiness, but this is a real Jesuit's wine, with a shimmering limpid quality that Christopher says will mellow slightly with time, but is a characteristic of the vineyard.

Josmeyer (France) Riesling Grand Cru Hengst 2000
Hengst = Stallion in Alsacien dialect, probably the horses that worked the vineyards. Lovely developed wax and light paraffin notes, with a lovely floral background and a peach down character. Delightfully light and shimmering quality to this wine, with a definite off-dry sweetness at first, but the richness and waxy weight is cut through with fine grapefruity acidity.

Josmeyer (France) Riesling Grand Cru Hengst 2003
A rather less expressive nose, with a lightly spicy, waxy nose and just small floral hints, but much less expressive. The palate has excellent acidity (all natural) with a much more lemony, slightly rasping quality at present, but Christophe is certain this will be a keeper. Fine sour plum and lemon fruit and lovely length.

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