2017 Domaine Weinbach Muscat Alsace

SKU #1400448 92 points James Suckling

 A subtle and dry muscat with delicate blossom aromas, plenty of citrusy freshness and a hint of bergamot. Pristine clarity and a very clean, long finish. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020. Made from biodynamically grown grapes.  (5/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tangy citrus zest on the nose comes with tender hints of Damask rose and honeysuckle. The palate convinces with its utter lightness and very dry style. Lasting and intense, this wine is great now but has enough concentration to go the distance. Drink until 2025.  (3/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Picked at the end of September, the 2017 Alsace Muscat displays a floral bouquet with bergamot aromas. Based on 70% Ottonel and 30% Muscat d'Alsace, this is a rich, intense and powerful yet dry and elegant wine with a long, aromatic finish. Delicious! Tasted October 2018. (SR)  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Racy acidity creates a mouthwatering frame for this elegant, light- to medium-bodied white, working with the underlying salinity and driving the flavors of yellow peach, mandarin orange and Thai basil through the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. (AN)  (8/2019)

John Gilman

 The Muscat bottling from Domaine Weinbach hails entirely from their lovely monopole vineyard of the Clos des Capucins. The 2017 comes in at thirteen percent octane and is fermented completely dry. It delivers a very expressive aromatic constellation of pear, passion fruit, rosewater, a potpourri of musky floral tones and a lovely undertow of minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely ripe on the attack, with a good core, sound acids and lovely focus and grip on the long and perfumed finish. This is a fairly broad-shouldered example of Muscat on the palate, but with good balance and impressive length. 2019-2030.  (7/2019)


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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.