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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

France: Alsace, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2015

Made from grapes culled from the Geisberg and Osterberg grand crus, Trimbach's Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile is believed by many wine lovers and experts all over the world to have only one problem. That is, having the even more mythical Riesling Clos Ste.Hune under the same family ownership, which fatally removes some of the spotlight from Frédéric Emile, undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest dry Rieslings.

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Alsace 2012s and Early-Released 2013s

France: Alsace, featured

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2015

If I were banished to a desert island and allowed to bring an infinite supply of just one white wine, my pick would be a Riesling, either from Alsace or the Mosel. The only other white wine that would garner even a fleeting second thought would be an Alsatian Gewürztraminer, on account of its uniqueness and entertainment value.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune Vendages Tardives Hors Choix

France: Alsace, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2015

What a treat it is to taste one of Alsace’s great all time wines! In fact, this is an especially rare bottling of Clos Ste. Hune in that it only came to be thanks to the particular nature of the 1989 vintage in Alsace, when Botrytis cinerea was rampant.

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2011 and 2010 Alsace Wines

IWC, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2012

Simply put, there is no countryside in the world I would rather live in permanently than Alsace's, and at one point in my life (about 15 years ago), I actually considered moving there for good

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Alsace Update

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2010

This year, for a number of reasons, I decided to taste Alsace wines chez moi instead of in Alsace.

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Alsace 2007 and 2006

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2008

At its finest, Alsace is all about juicy, pure white wines with intense fruit flavors, bright acidity, and—in the case of wines from Alsace’s grand crus and next-best sites—complex underlying soil tones

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Alsace's 2005 Vintage

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2007

Alsace did not enjoy most-favored region status during France’s beautiful summer of 2005, but this continental corner of northeastern France benefited significantly from Indian summer conditions in the middle of October

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2004 Alsace Wines

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2006

Due to the sheer volume of wines I tasted in Alsace in September and the size of this issue, I will present my coverage of Alsace in two installments, the 2004s in this issue and the 2005s in the near future

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Alsace 2002 and 2001

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2003

Of all the wine regions I visit regularly, Alsace may be the one with the largest quality gap between a handful of elite producers and everybody else

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Alsace 2000 and 1999

IWC, France: Alsace

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2001

Alsace is one of the world most picturesque growing regions, but with the sheer number of different cuvees most producers offer each year (often two dozen or more), and two new vintages to taste, I was lucky to see daylight on my most recent tour of the area's best addresses in early May