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Olivier Humbrecht is one of the world's most renowned winegrowers. He is a Master of Wine and has been described by Robert Parker as the greatest white winemaker on earth. Yet he is very soft spoken, humble, and self-deprecating, which makes him perfectly suited to his assumed role as a global ambassador of wine. He is a champion of terroir, biodynamic farming principles, and non-interventionist winemaking, whose family have been winegrowers in Alsace for 12 generations (since 1620). He is...
The nose brings the taster in the vineyard during flowering. It expresses such delicate, yet intense, flowers aromas, never overpowering, just like a very delicate perfume. The palate follows perfectly: the texture is delicate, almost aerial and lingers on for a long time. Being very dry, the tannic structure is more palatable and reinforces the finish. The mouth feels like soft velvet and is already so easy to enjoy. This wine will go with seafood, salads, crab, fish dishes. Uncomplicated but not simple!
Both vineyards used to produce this village wine are located on the edge of the Herrenweg area in Turckheim, on slightly richer silt/loam soils that enjoy a very warm microclimate. The proportion of Muscat Petits Grains (red and white colour grapes) is high as it is a more drought and heat resistant grape variety. It also takes a little longer to ripen but achieves better balance. Muscat doesn’t need a high ripeness potential to express all its qualities, but needs perfect skin ripeness to avoid unnecessary bitterness and an overly perfumed profile. In 2016, most grapes took a long time to increase their sugar concentration, so it was possible to harvest perfectly ripe grapes with lower alcohol potential, which suits this grape variety so well.
The fermentation of this Muscat was quick and the wine finished its fermentation achieving a bone dry style.
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An earthy and very ripe notion of yellow plum and pear on the nose carry a hint of reduction. The palate follows this with zesty lemon notes on a dry but concentrated body. Honeysuckle carries on the clean, long finish.See detailed press review
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From a richer part of the valley floor (with more loess) and a younger and a very old vineyard planted in the 1950s, the 2016 Muscat Turckheim is a 100% Muscat d'Alsace (or à petits grains) and opens with a clear, fresh and beautifully aromatic Muscat grape bouquet. On the palate, this is a dry, full-bodied, well-structured, perfectly balanced Muscat with good grip and mineral tension and even a slightly salty finish where some stimulating citrus flavors show up. It's a great pleasure to drink right now.See detailed press review
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Fresh basil, mint and orange peel aromas leap from the glass of this zesty, light-bodied white, accenting notes of blood orange granita, mineral and grated ginger on the well-knit palate. A bright lip-smacker.See detailed press review