2016 Riesling, Grand Cru Schlossberg, Domaine Weinbach, Alsace, France£35.60, Justerini & Brooks, 020-7484 6400, Justerinis.com
This week, I have a shopping list for you from my favourite estate in Alsace. Not only was the 2016 vintage a gem in this region, but every single wine here is arriving on these shores next week, so you can be the very first in the UK to own these eminently affordable, liquid gold wines.
First, 2016 Pinot Blanc Rserve (£18.80) is my favourite incarnation of this grape in the world. 2016 Riesling Cuve Tho (£24.60) is made from old vines and this is one of the most linear and enthralling rieslings in the whole region. My featured wine comes from a magnificent Grand Cru vineyard and it shows incredible tension and finesse. Even though it is young its magnificence is patently clear to comprehend, and the length on the palate is absurd.
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I rarely recommend gewurz, but 2016 Gewurztraminer Rserve Personelle (£25.20) flies in the face of all of the traditional descriptors for this grape. This wine is quiet, precise, demure and heartbreakingly refreshing with an exquisite nose, but no trace of sweetness or fat on its frame. Lastly, 2016 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg (£37.60) packs lime leaf and jasmine into the gewurz model, shunning unwanted soapiness and tropical tones for restrain and unutterably majesty.
My advice is to buy every single one of these show-stopping wines and blow your own mind in the most elegant way imaginable.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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