Josmeyer, Riesling, Grand Cru Hengst Samain, AOC Alsace Grand Cru, Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2009
This wine: lot No. L256, biodynamic, varietal riesling, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, ex-producer, €45 (07/16)
Last tasted 28/04/18
Consumer tasting note: a golden hue, strongly aromatic, with a complex nose of lime and yellow citrus, apple, stone fruit and honey, nuts and dried fruits; full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel, tasting of pineapple, coconut, citrus, dessert apple, yellow peach and hazelnut. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lime with an edge of coconut, the slightest suggestion of petrol, warm lemon juice, cooking apple, hints of honey and pineapple, yellow peach, hint of caramel, hint of crushed hazelnut, beeswax, hints of dried citrus and stone fruit.
Palate: off dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a light grip with a velvety texture, with flavours of lime, fresh cut pineapple which has an associated lightweight note of gorse flower (a delicate coconut-like fragrance), ripe grapefruit flesh, crushed hazelnut, dessert apple, yellow peach. A long length with a clean lime-pineapple skin, edged with yellow peach finish, with a very low-key grip [on day 2, there is a more tropical dimension feel, with a note of mango].
Quality: very good with potential to become outstanding, perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol; strong intensity throughout with a similar concentration, there is a slight grip possibly from extended maceration on the skins, certainly no evidence of oak; showing a moderate-high complexity, with evidence of extended time in bottle, with notes of caramel, dried fruits, honey, nuts and petrol. Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing – a sound structure and balance, strong intensity and concentration, with a lengthy finish, and an emerging tertiary dimension of dried fruit, honey and nuts, which should broaden and deepen, over say 4-7 years.