Friday, 3 April 2009

Two 2007 Alsatians

Consumed with Japenese Tapas (Confused cuisine that was hardly convincing) these two illustrate how good 2007 was in Alsace. My sort of wines.

Domaine Joseph Cattin Pinot Blanc 2007
2007 appears to be a great year for Pinot Blanc in Alsace, judging by the early handful that I have tasted, each one reminding of how delicious and upfront the variety can be. This example was a little reticent and lacked the seamlessness of the finest wines, but the flow of delicious honeycomb fruit + modest residual sugar makes for a mouth filling and convincing honeyed 'dry' white. Very good. 17.9

Jean Luc Mader Pinot Gris 2007
From Blanc to Gris and from yellow to grey in my book. This had all the intensity and high toned half rich pear and apple fruit, but it all feels a little shy. The acid again is quite prominent, but the end impression is all smoke & no fire then for this one, though it may well turn around with some bottle age. Still good. 17.1

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