Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenburg 2011

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Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenburg
Appellation Alsace Grand Cru Contrôlée
Dopff au Moulin
68340 Riquewihr (haut-Rhin)

Tasted December 7th, 2016.

 

A little apple and melon is washed away by quince and orange rind, giving both bitterness and acidity. The finish is earth, ash and petrol and pretty dry. This is no easy one, with an alcohol percentage of 13.5% (ouch) wiping out all chances of residual sugars softening the palate.

Sampled with Peking Duck.

Oh dear. That was rather not what I expected. I had high hopes for this Riesling, but to be honest, it does not do it for me. I miss freshness and minerality, and the aftertaste is way too earthy. Should I have left the bottle on the shelf for some more years to let it mellow and maybe some ‘gout petrole’ to develop ? No, I think 5 years should be sufficient for a wine this caliber to show at least it’s potential, if not it’s full glory. Pity, pity, pity.

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