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Marc Kreydenweiss

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

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Kritt Pinot Blanc 2004
From a quartz-rich vineyard. Softly honeyed nose, delicate dried apricot notes and a touch of oxidation. The palate is steely and dry, with some mealy, herbal qualities and a dry apple fruit.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Andlau Riesling 2004
Vosges soils, sandstone. Lovely nose, waxy components and a buttery richness, with quite fat lime fruit and a touch of apricot. The palate is much steelier and sleek than the nose suggests, with an absolute blast of lemon fruit and a dry, pithy finish. Very long and crisp, needs food but lovely.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Clos Reberg Riesling 2003
Schisty soils. Smoky and mineral nose, with a touch of petrol and a slightly rotted orange quality. The palate has a lot of sleek, pure mineral and hard white fruit, with apple and lemon dominating. A nice taut acidity and a suggestion of sweetness counterbalanced by dry, pith acidity. Good concentration and length.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Wiebelsberg Riesling Grand Cru 2003
Lovely sense of richness here, with plenty of oatmeally, honeyed richness, and a more forward, rich, supple nectarine fruit character. A touch of sweetness, with a much softer, much more giving style of ripe, quite exotic peachy fruit and a much softer acidity. Fine orange quality to the acidity. Very approachable, but less structured.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Kastelberg Riesling Grand Cru 2003
Second smallest Grand Cru, with six owners. Quite a rounded lime nose, with some softness. The palate here is quite racy, with a cool melon and underripe pear and apple quality of dry white fruits. The plate picks up a touch of honeyed, figgy ripeness (even a touch of botrytis) , but the acidity is nice and keen-edged, giving a lot of orange and some minerality in the finish.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Clos du Val d'Eleon 2002
50/50 Pinot Gris and Riesling blend, blended before alcoholic fermentation. Lovely honeyed, touch of toffee and caramel, with a very buttery quality. On the palate this has lovely freshness, with a racy lemon edge but juts a hint of fatness on the palate, with good fruit and weight, but an overall lean and racy quality.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Clos Reberg Pinot Gris 2002
Smoky, rich and spicy nose, quite a fat apricotty fruit, with a toffeed quality. The palate has lots of ripe melon, pear and rounded white fruits, but lovely freshness too, with plenty of racy acidity counterbalancing and freshening quite rich, full fruit.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Moenchberg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2003
Rich, quite exotic fruit on the nose, with a hint of minerality and steeliness. On the palate this is off dry, with sweet pear fruit and a counterbalancing, dry and quite pithy lemon and grapefruit acidity. Finishes with plenty of tang and crispness, but acidity comes in touch abruptly.

Marc Kreydenweiss (France) Wiebelsberg Riesling Grand Cru Vendange Tardive 1997
Lots of wax and light petrolly notes mixed with a touch of honey and a definite sense of schisty minerality. On the palate it is quite light and juicy, with a clean, fresh, nicely balanced acidity playing against quite lush fruit. Nectarine and apricot is to the for, with a much more resolved, seamless marriage between the ripe, sweet fruit and residual sugar, and the clean, supple acidity. Lovely, tangy and delicious.

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