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Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Alsatian Wines

The Alsace wine region is virtually unique in France in that producers are allowed to put the grape variety on the label of their appellation contrôlée wines. It is also unique in that the grapes are both German and French: Riesling and Gewürztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. These are not light wines, but they have a combination of fruitiness and richness quite different from the German models just across the Rhine. Although primarily dry, some are sweet, so consult individual Alsace wine reviews to see in which style each wine is made. Our Alsace wine guide contains hundreds of Alsace wine ratings.

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2001 Grand Cru Clos Saint-Urbain Rangen de ThannSéléction des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (Alsace)

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  1. $269
The ultimate in SGN wines, because it not only has richness, sweetness, and botrytis, but it also offers acidity, balance and total seduction. There are flavors of peaches and mirabelles, but they are really all submerged in the amazing elegance of a wine that will age indefinitely.  — R.V.  (4/1/2005)
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Domaine Weinbach 2011 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

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  1. $39
This is, quite simply, great Riesling. It has all the subtlety that the grape can produce, as well as a sense of longevity. There’s an intensity of fruit—apples and citrus—that cuts through the texture, leaving a beautiful, lingering aftertaste. Still young, drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (3/1/2014)
96
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Trimbach 2007 Clos Ste Hune Riesling (Alsace)

Clos Ste Hune comes from a small parcel in the Rosacker Grand Cru vineyard. It is a wonderful, ethereal paean to Riesling—crisp while intensely perfumed with aromas of fennel and licorice. It’s dry in style, with elegant citrus flavors and a straight line of steely acidity, but finishes with a hint of honey. While delicious now, it’s not quite mature and could…  — R.V.  (3/1/2014)
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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace)

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The ultrasteep Rangen de Thann vineyard was rediscovered by Léonard Humbrecht and now is one of the top vineyard sites in Alsace. This impressive, elegant Riesling wears its ripeness easily, a streak of bright acidity with intense citrus character. It’s ready to age for 5–6 years and surely many more.  — R.V.  (12/1/2011)
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