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Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo 2011

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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 Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

This is a remarkably spicy wine that is also finely balanced. It’s sophisticated as well as rich, with spice and lychee flavors lifted by a crisp edge of acidity. It’s complex in texture and should age well. Drink from 2015.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/14/2014

Floral, scented with blooming tea rose, this offers rich flavors of baked peach, melon, blood orange and candied ginger, revealing an undertow of smoky mineral. Shows fine balance between the mouthwatering acidity and the silky texture. Drink now through 2021.


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

Lovely pale gold hue. This has a classic Gewurztraminer profile, with notes of rose petal, Lychee, chestnut, honey and ripe apricot. On entry it has a rich, oily texture and loads of ripe fruit, yet it comes into focus with refreshing acidity and a b... Geoffrey Binder. A Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo 750ml


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

Lovely pale gold hue. This has a classic Gewurztraminer profile with notes of rose petal Lychee chestnut honey and ripe apricot. On entry it has a rich oily texture and loads of ripe fruit yet it comes into focus with refreshing acidity and a brilliantly dry finish. This is harmonious and enticing right out of bottle and will be wonderful for near term drinking. Geoffrey Binder.



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