Josmeyer, Les Pierrets, Riesling, AOC/AOP Alsace, France, 2002
This wine: varietal riesling, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, bin end, £23 (2016).
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas, as they come, of honeyed lime with a very low-key petrol edge, slightly confected, dessert apple, white peach, candied dried citrus peel, pineapple skin, toast, beeswax, overripe grapefruit, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), quince and anise.
Palate: a dry wine, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth lightly oily texture with a very light grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of honeyed lime, dessert apple, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), bruised apple, toast, grapefruit and lemon pith. A long length with a very light grip and a crisp citrus finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, lacks a bit of intensity, otherwise would be outstanding; fresh acidity harmonious with flavour intensity, mirrored in the mid-palate, but with better flavour concentration; quite complex from bottle ageing, showing a tertiary subdued edge of petrol with wax, dried peels and honeyed notes, following into the anticipated long length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for further ageing – in perfect balance now, with a sound acid-based structure, quite evolved, will keep for 2-3 years, but not improve.