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Luxembourg tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Luxembourg.

Domaine Mathis Bastian

Domaine Mathis Bastian Auxerrois Domaine et Tradition Fut 22 1999
Lovely hint of exotic smokiness and sesame seed. Plump, quite luscious apple fruit. On the palate limpid and full, with ripeness and masses of sweet fruit. Lovely orangy tang, with hints of Seville orange bitterness and a clean citrus acidity. Delightful Auxerrois this, with great style. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Auxerrois Domaine et Tradition Fut 22 2003
Simpler, more straightforward aromatically, with a creaminess and real ripeness to the fruit again: apples, and luscious, juicy pear. Acidity has a grip at the moment, with a grapefruit and lemon pith acidity. This is dry and would need food to show its best at this stage, but what a lovely, clean, pristine wine style again. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Pinot Gris Domaine et Tradition 1988
Huge golden/yellow colour but still a hint of green. Very luscious, with just a hint of green bean and nutty, seed cake character, but a mellow honeyed background too. On the palate this is all minerality and dry, pure white fruits. Lemon pith and grapefruit build, and the freshening acidity contends with a waxiness of texture and grippy skin contact character to leave this big, bold but still fresh. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Pinot Gris Domaine et Tradition 2005
Really quite delicate aromatically, with a little note of flowers and some Acacia honey, and peach down softness coming through. On the palate a definite sweet edge, and almost a little spritz on this, with a sherbetty freshness and vivacious character. The palate is long and shimmers with freshness and acidity. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Riesling Domaine et Tradition Fut 12 2005
Very expressive, with beeswax and a touch of schisty minerality over cool, glacial Riesling fruit. Very crisp, light and dry on the palate, with shimmering acidity and citrus fruit running through the core of this wine. Lovely pristine quality and terrifically lively and zesty. 90/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Riesling Domaine et Tradition Fut 5 2002
This has developed a little more waxiness and the schisty, salty and ozone minerality has emerged a little more, but not at the expense of that shimmering white fruit quality. Plenty of cool, underripe pear and crunchy apple, but an iron fist of acidity adds plenty of structure and decisive freshness. Youthful. 91/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Riesling Domaine et Tradition Fut 10 1993
Honey and a very delicate spice joins the wax and lightly petrolly aromas, with still pristine white fruits at the core. A little touch of Botrytis like truffle? On the palate there is plenty of zest to this wine, with a developing nutty character softening the picture, and whilst it maybe doesn't have the dash and length of the 2002, it is balanced and has taken on a lovely savoury quality. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Riesling Domaine et Tradition Fut 17 1989
Clearly a pattern here, as the schisty minerality and little petrolly overtones are emphasised yet further, but this is controlled and again not at the expense of the pure, clean orchard fruit quality with little floral nuances and a touch of toffee. On the palate the same, shimmering quality of slaty, stony dry minerality, zesty but dry and pithy fruit and vibrant acid structure. Very long, in a lovely Riesling that stays focused and deliciously resolved, whilst absolutely youthful still. 92/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Pinot Blanc Domaine et Tradition 2005
Quite refined, with some softer orchard fruit notes and a background of oatmeal. On the palate this is nice and bold and mouthfilling, with a rush of ripe, powerful fruit, backed up by a weight of grapefruit and orange pith acidity. Dry and savoury, there's a searing edge of lemon and mineral in a dry, mouth-watering and delicious wine. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Riesling Domaine et Tradition Fut 14 Vendange Tardive 2003
Lovely sherbetty lemon freshness married to some exotic notes reminiscent of a touch of greengage and even mango, but there's an fresh, tight, apple substance to this too. On the palate there is a big background of tangy orange fruit, with the sweet, late-harvest fruitiness very gentle and refined. Lovely balance here, with the long, dry grapefruit pith finish adding great tension to the picture. 90/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Auxerrois Domaine et Tradition Vendange Tardive GPC 2003
Luscious apricot fruit, with a lovely dried fruit richness and plump, honey-laced quality. The palate has masses of pithy grapefruit and lemon, with the honey and plump, brandy-soaked apricot. The bitterness of the grape adds a tugging, powerful note in the finish that keeps this interesting. 89/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Gewürztraminer Domaine et Tradition Vendange Tardive GPC 2005
Intense aromatics, with lots of floral and lychee fruit, very fragrant and exotic, with just a hint of ginger. The palate is lovely: quite sweet, with pronounced exotic fruit notes, but the grapefruit flavours and the crisp, mouth-watering acidity kicks in. Lovely balance here and a wine that stays focused and sharp, with a lightness of touch. Lovely stuff. 92/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian Gewürztraminer Domaine et Tradition Vendange Tardive GPC 2003
Weighty, fatter, with plenty of unctuous, exotic fruit. Little herb and floral notes and a very full and attractive picture. More apparent sweetness than the 2005, with a slightly weightier palate, and the acidity, though doing a really nice job of balancing and freshening the finish, is less vibrant perhaps. Delightful though. 91/100

Domaine Mathis Bastian
29 route de Luxembourg
L-5501 Remich

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