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Luxembourg has a long tradition of making wine (since late Roman times). Virtually all production is for white and sparkling, the major grape varieties being: Rivaner, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. The climate is one of the coolest in Europe for winemaking (rivalling England supposedly) and Luxembourg also has a clear-as-mad-mud cru classé system, worthy of the Circumlocution Office. Most wines are labelled as varietals. There is one covering appellation called Moselle Luxembourgeoise and tasting panels may rank superior wines as Vin Classés, Premier Crus and even Grands Premier Crus! This system has attracted criticism and a rival organisation called Domaine et Tradition which encourages local variation and expression and restricts yields. Domaine Mathis Bastian, a regular visitor to the Guide Hachette comprises 11.7 hectares of vines on chalky soil located on the exposed slopes of Remich. The blushing twinkling oeillet Pinot, freighted with amber grapes as Arnold might say, is a rose by any other name, similar to the splendid ramato Pinot Grigio that Specogna makes in Northern Italy. With its lip-smacking cherrymenthol fruit they'll be sipping this on the sun-bleached promenades of Etzelbruck I'll be bound. The Grand Premier Cru appellation, by the way, signifies nothing other than some grand premier cru persiflage.
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