2011 Allimant-Laugner Riesling "Praelatenberg" Grand Cru

SKU #1139133

The Laugner and Allimant families having been making wine in Alsace since the 1500s. These days, the wines are made by Hubert Laugner, the 11th generation in this winemaking lineage. Ranging in age from 18-65 years, his vineyards are at the southeast-east-facting edge of Alsace along the Rhine, planted in granitic soils with rich iron sub-soils. The Praelatenburg is full of citrus and mineral notes on the nose and palate, with subtle floral undertones. Structured and elegant, a feat that Laugner achieves by deftly blending fruit from different-aged vines, this gorgeous Riesling will only improve with age.

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Staff Image By: Krista Johnson | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2013 | Send Email
This Alsacian Riesling is a beautiful balance between sticky sweet and clean dry. It sounds impossible, but in this case, it's true. On the front, the flavors of honeysuckle, grilled pineapples/peaches, and white flowers come together in a concentrated punch. If it ended there, the wine would be cloying and over the top. But, the finish is clean with the flavors of minerals and crushed rocks....almost chalky. This would be perfect with any spicy dish or as a sipper after dinner.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5