Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon).

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Domaine Weinbach 2008 Cuvée Ste Catherine Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $51

From one of the best recent Alsace vintages, this is a superb wine, now approaching its apogee. It has a wonderful line in mature, steely and aromatic flavors that are merging into a wine that is lightly toasty, with the promise of many years’ further aging. The aftertaste, with its mineral texture, shows how fruity this wine still is.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $120

This is a grandiose wine from the most southerly of Alsace’s grands crus. It is rich, certainly, although in balance without any hint of excess. A complex structure powers the intense fruits and generous ripe yellow and citrus flavors. Concentrated from low yields and old vines, this wine needs to age many years. Don’t touch before 2020.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
96
points

Trimbach 2009 Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling (Alsace)

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  1. $70

A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It’s impressive now, but will be even better from 2016.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
95
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Domaine Ostertag 2012 Muenchberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $63

Intense and rich, this is impressive, ripe and full-bodied. It has a great texture with the steeliness of Riesling embedded in the richly fruity, concentrated floral and white fruit flavors. Now at the stage where it is good to drink for its fruitiness, it has much more to come. Best to wait until 2018.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
95
points

Domaine Schoffit 2012 Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Clos Saint-Théobald Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $53

The steeply terraced Rangen de Thann Grand Cru is one of Alsace’s great vineyard sites. Here, it has produced a rich, not quite dry wine that’s intense and full in the mouth. It is powerful and complex, needing many years to develop fully. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
95
points

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Brand Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $100

One of the great vineyard sites of Turckheim, Brand has produced this exquisitely balanced wine. Its fruits showcase intense acidity with citrus, pink grapefruit followed by pineapple crispness. Overall, the tight texture is still in charge, giving a mineral, textured character. So it does need to age; drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
95
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Domaines Schlumberger 2010 Kessler Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $30

With its few years bottle aging, this is developing into a fabulous wine. From one of the top Grand Cru vineyards in southern Alsace, it has richness while still preserving a light touch that brings out acidity and tight fruitiness. To contrast, the mineral texture adds a tense factor, very crisp and allowing the wine to age further. Drink until 2025.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
94
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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012 Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling (Alsace)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55

Tight and nervy, this is a steely, mineral, dry and complex wine. It is packed with crisp citrus, lemon juice squeezed over apple, and has a steely texture to match. It looks to the long term for aging. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (12/31/2014)
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