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2017 Julien Schaal "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1395626 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A lovely, very fresh and zesty notion of the palest lemon appears on the nose. That same lemon notion gets far more pronounced on the palate and expands with its measured freshness across the textured palate. There is something smooth and bright yet utterly enlivening on the concentrated core. The finish is dry and gives a serene sense of lemony refreshment. Drink now through 2038. (AK) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling 'Gypse' is very clear, bright and deep on the complex and mineral nose that represents a coolish, reductive character. Full-bodied and large yet very fine and highly elegant on the palate, this is a pure and persistently salty Riesling with great finesse and remarkable length. It has just a kiss of sweetness, which is perfectly balanced. This is a long-distance runner with a very long and promising finish. A great wine from the steepest part of one of the greatest terroirs in Alsace, this interpretation is all about finesse and pure salinity. It is less powerful and rich than the Rosacker but a very fine Riesling from gypsum soils. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright straw-yellow. Intensely perfumed aromas of lime, peach, quinine and talc, complicated by notes of lemon verbena and jasmine. Big, dense and rich, showing very good depth and a slightly glyceral sweetness (6.5 g/L r.s. and a low pH of 3) to the peach and ripe citrus flavors. This inviting wine finishes with lovely breadth and length, not to mention an exotic, powerful aspect that is very typical of this site. Multilayered and classy, this is the best wine I tasted from Schall this year. (ID) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This creamy, light- to medium-bodied white shows lovely integration, weaving vibrant acidity and a streak of salinity with a broad mix of pink grapefruit granita, verbena and Thai basil flavors. Drink now through 2027. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2018)


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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
This perhaps the loveliest Riesling from all that Julien Schaal has to offer. Rich and deep in flavor, dry, mineral, combining lovely freshness and crisp acidity with bright orchard fruit, hints of honey and meadow flowers. It's such a multidimensional and complex wine that it keeps changing and opening up in the glass continuously. I consider this a special treat to be able to enjoy such high quality Riesling from one of the most prized vineyards in Alsace at such low cost! Do not miss this opportunity.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2019 | Send Email
Out of all of the 2017 Schaal Rieslings the "Schoenenbourg Gypse" Riesling Grand Cru is my favorite. The balance between petrol, saline and flinty-ness with intense orchard fruit flavors is spectacular. There is so much energy in this wine it almost crackles on your palate. The nose is enticing, the palate is lively and the finish deftly lingers as each flavor echoes then slowly fades away like waves crashing and retreating from the shoreline. To be able to get an Alsatian wine of this quality for under $20 is a no-brainer buy as it gets!
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2025

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