This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of tasting through several vintages and terroirs of Domaine Paul Blanck in Kientzheim, just near Kaysersberg - prime real estate in terms of Alsatian terroir. A
Although they did not have any 2010s to taste - 2010 counts as one of the best vintages in the last 25 years in Alsace - it was great to try vintages like 2009, 2008 and 2007. Of the three, I prefer 2008, but 2007 can be very good, too while 2009 tends to be on the rich side - but still good.
Anyway, as you can read in this extensive post, I loved the Rieslings and Gewürztraminers while having a bit of trouble with the Pinot Gris, but that is mainly due to my personal taste towards Pinot Gris in Alsace, which I find too often cloying and somewhat "stuck between" the two other aforementioned grapes in terms of style.
Whatever the case may be, any visit to Alsace wine country should include a visit to Paul Blanck, because the price/quality ratios are often superb.
The weekend before, I started a club for tasters, and we tried some very good wines from Sipp Mack and Trimbach. I particularly liked the Trimbach Cuvee Frédéric Emile 2002 for current drinking and the 2007 for future drinking. Of the two, I have a feeling that 2007 is better in the long run, but the 2002 is very very good indeed. As for Sipp Mack, once again, what a great pleasure it was to drink their Rosacker Grand Cru Riesling 2010: smooth and pure and crisp and delicious. We also enjoyed some entry level wines from both houses, all quite good, too - with prices very fair. Video from the tasting below:
Crisp Alsatian whites are a good ticket for hot summer days. Try serving a cool and fresh Muscat or Pinot Blanc as your guests arrive for example at a summer party.
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