Sunday, April 08, 2007

DOMAINE PAUL BLANCK GEWURZTRAMINER "FURSTENTUM GRAND CRU" ALSACE - 2001

The Furstentum Grand Cru lies at 400m altitude, facing due south. It is one of the last remaining vestiges of the sub-Mediterranean era which Alsace experienced. The soil is very stony and drains well because the calcareous bedrock breaks through.

TASTING NOTES:

Golden yellow color with tropical fruits and floral nose. Creamy sweetness, honey, citrus, melon, spice and minerals. Clean, fresh and smooth with tremendous aromatics.

SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:

90PTS
This is an excellent Gewurztraminer and a phenomenal starter wine for a wine evening. Rich, well balanced, bursting with flavor and aromatics, and very alluring.

1 Comments:

  • This is a fabulous wine indeed ! I have had the chance of tasting the whole range of Gewurztramier the estate produces and they are all fantastic.
    My personnal favourite is the Gewurtztraminer "Altenbourg" , which stand for a lieu-dit although it is as fine as many Grand Crus. Between the Grand Crus I prefer the Furstenturm as the Mambourg is heavier.
    The wine pictured for your article is a Selection Grains Nobles, meaning it is the most concentrated, the sweetest wine type, in other words the Alsatian response to the Sauternes made near Bordeaux.
    I tend to be of the opinion that 'regular' gewurtztraminer is amazing as well but I have a prefernece for the "Vendanges Tardives" which are basically somewhere between regular and Selection Grain Nobles in terms of sweetness.
    Usually the lichee flavours which are so remarquable in these Paul Blanck wines are better found in the Furstenturm Vendanges Tardives.
    If you ask me it is the most romantic wine I have ever come across and my girlfriend definitely gave me full points for it !!!

    By Blogger Bruxelles81, at Monday, February 01, 2010 11:58:00 AM  

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