European Editor


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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97
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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)
97
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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2001 Grand Cru Clos Saint-Urbain Rangen de ThannSéléction des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (Alsace)

  • Cellar Selection
  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)
96
points

Domaine Weinbach 2011 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling (Alsace Grand Cru)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $37

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
points

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

  • Cellar Selection
  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)
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