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Domaine Weinbach Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Sélection de Grains Nobles Altenbourg 2005

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Very varietal on the nose despite the abundance of botrytis. Pure roses, super fragrant, along with some minerality. On the palate, a touch of bitterness associated with this varietal. The wine has a lot of power with lacy, oily fruit with baked apple, cumin and ginger. – a spice machine. The finish has a thick oily texture with fragrant rose aromas.

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Domaine Weinbach:
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was est... Read more
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was established by the Order of Capuchin monks in 1612. The “Clos des Capucins” vineyard surrounds the domaine; the prestigious “Schlossberg” vineyard (the first terroir in Alsace to receive the status of Grand Cru), the Grand Cru “Furstentum”, and the adjacent “Altenbourg” vineyard rise above the clos. The domaine has 62 acres of vineyards in the heart of Kayserberg’s hills and valleys. During the French Revolution, Domaine Weinbach was sold as a national property. In 1898, Théodore Faller and his brother Jean-Baptiste purchased the Domaine and five hectares of vineyards and left it to their son and nephew, Théo. Since 1979, the estate has been run by Théo’s widow, Colette Faller, and recently their daughter Laurence took over the winemaking, with Catherine as marketing director. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed directly as whole clusters in modern horizontal pneumatic presses. The must settles for 24 hours at cellar temperature and is slowly matured in large, ancient oak casks, using only indigenous yeasts. Filtering is through diatomaceous earth before bottling, which starts in April and finishes in mid-July. The wines are remarkable for their balance and finesse, their intensity and concentration, which is achieved by drastically pruning the vines to limit yields per hectare to nearly one-half that typical in Alsace. Harvesting is late, done when the fruit attains optimum ripeness. All of the domaine’s wines are produced from their own vineyards, a most unusual accomplishment in Alsace, and are therefore 100 % estate grown and estate-bottled. Read less

External Reviews for Domaine Weinbach Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Sélection de Grains Nobles Altenbourg

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Rose petal and honey in the nose of the 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Selection de Grains Nobles announce the primary themes for a wine of imposing creamy richness but almost overwhelming youthful sweetness. Litchi and fig, caramel and malt, mingle ... Robert Parker. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Selection de Grains Nobles 375ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/14/2013

Peppermint candy, marzipan, and white chocolate in the nose of the 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive lead to an expectedly somewhat candied, but also honeyed and litchi-, bacon fat-, and brown spice- laden palate. The finish here is eve... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive 375ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

The Weinbach 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence is powerfully honey- and brown spice-scented, rich, creamy, and honeyed on the palate with a mysterious depth of saline, iodine, and otherwise savory minerality, and finishes with another for... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Cuvee Laurence 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Shows a more subtle range of flavors with floral and grapefruit notes mingling with the firm structure. Powerful yet lean without a lot of flesh. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2012.-B.S. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Peppermint candy marzipan and white chocolate in the nose of the 2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendange Tardive lead to an expectedly somewhat candied but also honeyed and litchi- bacon fat- and brown spice- laden palate. The finish here is ever so slightly warm but that s not out of place given its sheer richness and patisserie and spice intensity. I d want to revisit this in a few years before hazarding a prognosis of its long-range ageworthiness. The dynamic trio of Fallers continues to bottle some of France s (hardly just Alsace s) richest and most flamboyant wines. Beginning with 2005 all of their vineyards are being biodynamically farmed. Laurence Faller finds their 2005s in general "more focused and clear" (this was especially true of Riesling) despite their often prominent botrytis component and the 2004s richer. I suppose it goes without saying but one has to carefully scrutinize each Weinbach label so numerous are the cuvees. And as wonderful as is the distinctiveness exhibited by the vast majority of wines here even a geek like yours truly could be forgiven for asking whether somewhat fewer different bottlings might benefit consumers as well as journalists! Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.



Very varietal on the nose despite the abundance of botrytis. Pure roses, super fragrant, along with some minerality. On the palate, a touch of bitterness associated with this varietal. The wine has a lot of power with lacy, oily fruit with baked apple, cumin and ginger. – a spice machine. The finish has a thick oily texture with fragrant rose aromas.

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