Mind-blowing! Such a complex melange of flavors, mineral, and acidity all in perfect balance. Nose is ripe pear, peach, apricot, and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is dry with sensations of wet stone,, mineral, and white fruit. The finish goes on forever.
This is a unique wine for Alsace from one of the region’s great producers. It is a blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat with perhaps a few other varietals in small quantities. The grapes are from the Premier cru Engelgarten vineyard which is mostly stony gravel.
Most Alsatian wines are single varietal, but Marcel Deiss believes that blends often show off the terroir better. He has lobbied for changes to Alsatian wine laws for many years to allow more single vineyard blends. He also makes single vineyard, single varietal Grand Crus which are sensational, but his blends are also worth trying.
This wine shows his artistry and experience at work and is beautiful. It is great to drink now, but you could also cellar it for 7 - 10 years. 2015 vintage on Aug 6, 2018. — 8 days ago
If you told me a couple months ago that I would be giddy with excitement over getting to taste a Riesling from Mesa County, Colorado I would have said you were crazy. And then I met @Kathleen Ward. Her yet to be released 2017 Libelle Riesling from Grand Valley AVA is downright delicious. Lime blossom, citrus zest, and wet stone, with some mint oil that dances around the edges. It’s ultra-refreshing, but with just the right amount of saltiness that keeps you coming back for more. I would happily wait in line to buy this. — 10 days ago
I succumbed to peer pressure@Alan Weinberg and finally cracked a bottle. Always a beautiful nose and this did not disappoint. Apricots , apples and faint petrol scents battle for supremacy. In the mouth pears , apples,and lime inundate my tastebuds. A little fuller than I expected. — 5 days ago
Pale to mid Gold - brilliant clarity. Fulsome on the palate for a Dry German Riesling (12.7.% Alcohol). Aromas of cumquat jam and on the palate profound intensity with palate staining flavours with Apricot and honey. One can see why the favourite varietal of many winemakers is Riesling because it is pure grape juice which speaks of its terroir - no oak influence. This is superb. One of the best Dry German Rieslings I have had. Interestingly Christmann grow a very good Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder) on these same Limestone based soils. — 10 days ago
Dry. Peach nose. Botyris Stone fruit orange zest apricot plenty of acid fully mature. Sadly last bottle from my cellar. Best wine of the line up which included Rebholz and Fröhlich GG‘s. This is a classic example for an aged Riesling it rarely gets better than this. — 3 days ago
Now in a line up with Rebholz 15‘s and Schäfer Fröhlich 16’s this guy struggles. It needs some age and is currently in it’s dumb phase. More linear and less fruit than last time when I tried the wine. Elegant steely and light. Lime wintergreen and chalk. — 3 days ago
Honeyed nose. Decadent. Apple butter, spices, mulling spices, mineral, slate, very airy, juicy and so complex with vibrant aprciot and tangerine fruit. White cherries on the nose after a while. Palate is fresh and dense with clarity and deep structure. Lots of finesse. Great stuff. Very impressive. — 4 days ago
DRY! Coiled and tense right now - wait 3 more years! Top Riesling top producer top vintage and Hans Jörg Rebholz’s best vineyard. The primary fruit when young is reduced. Smokey nose touch petrol. In the glass salty tangy peach stone mango verbena and faint hint of parsley. World class. — 3 days ago
Straw color; nose with elegant, steely, mineral notes and a subtle fruitiness combined with opulent, petroleum-like touch - like a good mix of a Mosel and an Alsace; taste is restrained and elegant, with red and yellow citrus, low alcohol high acids, and an anise-sprinkled long finish. — 8 days ago