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Friday, 23 August 2013

Two More Alsace Wines

A review of two Alsace wines - a traditional-method fizz and a Riesling-Pinot Gris blend.

Cremant d'Alsace NV, Comtes d'Isenbourg (around £14)

A Champagne-method fizz made from from Pinot Blanc; golden sandy yellow in the glass, yeasty leesiness on the nose.

Initially, it shows simple citrus and orchard fruit, but with some aeration a pleasing and more complex yeasty pungency develops with a persistence on the finish.

Good aperitif - or match with light shellfish dishes.

Black Tie 2011, Caves de Vignerons de Pfaffenheim (€10 ex cellar) 
Golden sandy yellow - Mosel-esque flavours of citrussy pineapple, ripe peach and apricot with a touch of honeyed beeswax and some sweet spice.

Good streak of fresh acidity and minerality.

Very enjoyable indeed. Good.

Match with slightly fuller dishes, such as salmon en croute, pork pie or tarte flambee.

Both wines provided for review.

Other related articles
Pinot Noir Rosé from Alsace
Le Clos du Château d’Isenbourg
Two Wines from Dopff & Irion

La Cave de Vignerons de Pfaffenheim - website

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