Josmeyer, Riesling, Grand Cru Hengst Samain, AOC Alsace Grand Cru, Alsace, France, 2009
This wine: lot No. L256, biodynamic, varietal riesling, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, ex-producer, €45 (07/16)
Consumer tasting note: lemon hued, a lovely wine, just off-dry, with a strong rich character of citrus balanced with warmer stone fruit and honey … on the nose there is lime, cooking apple, grapefruit and lemon pith, white peach and honey; medium-full bodied, with flavours of white stone fruit again, along with spicy stewed cooking apple, lime and a whiff of almond oil. Finishes long. Can decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of waxy lime with the slightest edge of petrol, touch of spice, cooking apple, grapefruit, lemon pith, a warmer richer hint of white peach, whiff of bees-wax, the merest hints of honey and cold stewed apple [on day 2 the stone fruit dimension is stronger, along with a touch of unripe pineapple].
Palate: (bare) off-dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip with a velvety almost oily texture and a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of white peach edged with lime, a touch spicy, stewed cooking apple, warm grapefruit, hint of almond oil, a hint of richer yellow peach. A long length, with a clean citrus-apple finish edged with richer stone fruit, a slight grip, and a slight bitterness right on the end [ditto day 2 nose comments].
Quality: very good, with potential to become outstanding; perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious with the strong intensity, with similar concentration of flavour; showing a better than moderate complexity now, with hints at early tertiary development from time in bottle, with notes of petrol, bees-wax, honey and nuts. Finishes a good long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for improvement, over say 5-10 years – obviously a quality riesling, which have the ability to age for a long time; this one has a sound structure, perfect balance, with early indications of tertiary development, which will continue, as the hints turn into notes.