I was impressed with the range of their wines tasted with Thomas Schlumberger during his brief visit to New Zealand.
Hugel family patriarch, 86-year-old André Hugel, walked into the tasting room and asked, “Is anyone here from Texas?”
Crémant d’Alsace is second only to Champagne in sales of French sparkling wine.
Alsace is a meltingly beautiful wine region, its physical beauty matched by the splendour of its wines.
I was starving the day the guys from Dopff au Moulin took us to their restaurant.
Alain Beydon-Schlumberger’s grandfather Ernest Schlumberger was a smart man and an opportunist.
Visiting wineries and meeting people in Alsace, I was struck by how many had some connection with Australia.
Arthur Metz Riesling, Alsace 2014 $15 A light to mid-yellow colour introduces a fragrant aroma of lime leaf, citrus and honeysuckle. It’s quite dry and a trifle firm, with good intensity of flavour and a borderline austere finish. Very good value for money. (12 per
Alsace is on the point of having Premier Cru vineyards. The proposal has been put to the French appellation authorities and is awaiting their approval. It will no doubt further irritate those who think the present Alsace Grand Cru system is flawed.
Hugel 2008 Vendange Tardive Pinot Gris $120 From a high botrytis, high acid vintage. Rich, unctuous Pinot Gris that is quite sweet (111 g/l RS) but with a perfect balance of fine acidity preventing any hint of cloying. Honey, ginger, dried pear are among the