2014 Josmeyer Hengst Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1344732 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 The dried zest of both sweet and bitter oranges lends an almost Mediterranean aspect to the nose of this dry Riesling. The palate continues this play on this zest, pulling further registers of dried mandarin and exquisitely sharp lemon. In the background, somewhere, is a lipsmacking notion of wet stone. This is concentrated and textured, rich but sharply drawn: a perfect picture of the 2014 vintage in all its adult thrill. Drink now through 2038. (AK)  (9/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst is lovely concentrated but also pure and stony/flinty on the nose, with ripe and intense lemon flavors. On the palate this is a beautifully sincere 2014! It is very intense, piquant and salty, highly precise, finessed, elegant and also lush. This is another Riesling classic that reveals a lingering salinity and gorgeous finesse. Really cool climate and classic Riesling style. Highly stimulating. Picked on October 2nd. (SR)  (2/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Luminous pale straw. Floral white stone fruit and cinnamon on the nose and in the mouth. Bigger structure than the Brand but also plenty of refinement and currently more shut down (7.5 g/L total acidity and 4 g/L residual sugar, yet the malolactic transformation was completed!). Interestingly, while the Hengst is normally a showy wine, and certainly showier than the Brand, in 2015 it is more reserved and shut down than the Brand. Will likely go on sale in 2018. (ID)  (3/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Finely knit and vibrant, this sleek white layers flavors of melon, Meyer lemon zest, fresh tarragon and white pepper over a rich note of smoky minerality. Long and lithe, with a firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2024. (AN)  (11/2016)

91 points Decanter

 Exuberant on the nose, with spicy, tangy, smoky aromas, then rich and rounded on the palate without being plump or heavy. It’s spicy, concentrated and linear with a long citric finish. A fine success from a difficult vintage. Biodynamic. (SB)  (2/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Limestone. Rather dumb nose. But masses of energy and interest on the palate. Salty wine builds towards the end. Appetising. 17.5/20 points. (JR)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

40-year-old vines. Situated next to the village of Wintzenheim, this terroir is mainly composed of Oligocene chalky conglomerate and interstratified marl several hundred metres thick. These conglomeratic formations are powerful and interwoven with red, brown, green or beige marl. The bedrock is a yellow-orange colour. It represents a delimited surface area of 53.02 Ha of vines. The nose opens on mineral notes and fresh herbs. It is a wine of great elegance combined with the dense and complex structure offered by this superb marl-limestone terroir.

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