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2014 Charles Baur Brand Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1417119 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Lemon oil and chamomile tincture create a lifted, ethereal nose, preceding richer notions of dried pear and apple. The dry palate reveals concentration and a fluidity that has something balm-like about it. The lemon freshness at the core stays arrow-like and darts across the palate in exciting fashion in a counterpoint to the rich fruit notes. The joy of Riesling is right here. (AK) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Some early development, moving into preserved-lemon and lime aromas here with a lightly honeyed and spicy edge. The palate is dry, tight and fresh with a very attractive, juicy, apple and lime core. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid straw-yellow. Fresh aromas of white stone fruit, lemon verbena and chamomile. More linear, citrusy and rigid than the Eichberg Riesling, but also has less body and size and is not quite as long or complex. The finish hints at fennel and licorice. Baur’s Brand Riesling vines grow in the Schinkenberg (also called Schneckelsburg) section of the grand cru, one that gives completely different wines from those made with grapes grown elsewhere in the Brand (indeed, I can make a case that the Schinkenberg should be a premier cru, separate from the Brand). Nevertheless, Baur was lucky enough to buy this parcel of over 40-year-old vines in 2007. (ID) Inner quote mark (3/2017)


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