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Dirler-Cad Pinot Gris Kessler Grand Cru 2005

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91 points David Schildknecht (Wine Advocate): Pungent smokiness and malted, honeyed, nutty, creamy richness characterize the Dirler 2005 Pinot Gris Kessler, a wine of only modest sweetness considering it is carrying more than fifty grams of residual sugar (but already at over 14% alcohol) and only modest acidity. Any who find folds of fat unsightly should avoid this, but make no mistake about the meatiness and succulence that abound beneath its surface. Expect a hamster-like, initially hibernative evolution of 10-12 years for this concentrated and impressively persistent beauty. Organic/biodynamic since 2002 (certified by Biodyvin).

Region: France

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Winery: Dirler-Cade
Color: White
Variety: Alsace
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Dirler-Cade:
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spi... Read more
The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spiegel, whose sandy/stony soil provide wines with ethereal finesse; Kessler, whose rich sandstone/clay soil makes for powerful, long-lived wines; and Kitterlé whose more volcanic soils engender highly spiced wines with great flavor persistence. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris account for over 60% of the vines, the remainder being Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat, and Chasselas. The vinification is essentially traditional, using both large oak foudres and stainless steel, while the vineyards are farmed 100% biodynamically. Read less

91 points David Schildknecht (Wine Advocate): Pungent smokiness and malted, honeyed, nutty, creamy richness characterize the Dirler 2005 Pinot Gris Kessler, a wine of only modest sweetness considering it is carrying more than fifty grams of residual sugar (but already at over 14% alcohol) and only modest acidity. Any who find folds of fat unsightly should avoid this, but make no mistake about the meatiness and succulence that abound beneath its surface. Expect a hamster-like, initially hibernative evolution of 10-12 years for this concentrated and impressively persistent beauty. Organic/biodynamic since 2002 (certified by Biodyvin).

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