The University of Manchester Wine Club

Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

 

Alsatian Wines 

by Dick Parish

 

All but two wines from the Alsace are made from single grape varieties. The exceptions are Edelzwicker, which may contain anything, and Crémant, which usually contains mostly the pinots and chardonnay. All, except pinot noir, are white.

 

We present wines from Michel Dietrich, Dambach-la-Ville, and Wolfberger, Eguisheim.

 

 

1.   

Crémant d’Alsace, Brut, 12.5% - the traditional Alsatian aperitif with “subtle aromas of flowers”                                                                      

€8.00 (Dietrich)          

6­­oC

 

2.    

Sylvaner, Vielles Vignes, 2009, 12% - a solid dry white,  with  “intensity, aromas of   flowers and white fruits”                                                                 

€5.90 (Wolfsberger)

8-10oC

 

3.   

Riesling, Hospices de Strasbourg, 2011, 12%– probably the best-known Alsatian wine “citrus notes on the nose and in the mouth, fresh”             

€8.20 (Wolfsberger)

8-10oC

 

4.  

Riesling, Grand Cru, 2009, 12.5% - a superior version, “fresh, floral, with appetising acidity”                                                                                         

€10.50 (Dietrich)

11oC

 

5.

Pinot Gris, 2011, 13% - “smoky and spicy aromas and an agreeable texture”

€7.50 (Dietrich)

12­­oC

 

                                                                                                         

6.  

Pinot Noir, 2010, Coteaux de Dambach-la-Ville 13% - “red fruits (cherries, blackcurrants), well structured in the mouth”                         

€8.00 (Dietrich)

13­­oC

 

7.  

Muscat d’Alsace, 2010, 11.5% - “dry but very aromatic”

€6.40 (Dietrich)

12oC

 

8.  

Gewurztraminer, Vielles Vignes, 2012, 13% - “distinguished by hints of exotic fruits and sweet spices, subtle and round”                                           

€8.20 (Wolfsberger)

8-10­­oC

 

“Vielles vignes” are at least 25 years old

 

 

www.vins-dietrich.com

www.wolfberger.com