2017 Charles Baur Brand Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1531900 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Green-apple vividness appears first on the fruity nose of this wine. This is followed by mellower notes of ripe peach and Mirabelle that fill the palate with juiciness. Rich and smooth, the wine is edged with zestiness to remain on the refreshing side of ripeness. It brims with concentration and dryness. (AK) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Rich and creamy at the front, this has some attractive, exotic, floral notes, plus hints of mangosteen and star fruit. Quite a sleek, mineral finish that’s almost austere. From organically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Straw-yellow. Oatmeal and cookies plus apple and apricot on the nose and palate. Very long and fruity on the finish, featuring sharp acidity and hints of orange peel. The very linear, delicately spicy finish is typical of the granite in the soil. (ID) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

Decanter

Outer quote mark Limey nose with perfumed elderflower, minty orange and petrol notes. Appealing fruit with a dry saline finish. (Blind Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

K&L Notes

Ian D'Agata writes for Vinous: "The estate was founded in the 18th century in Eguisheim, but the family’s farming (and livestock breeding) history dates back further still, according to Arnaud Baur. In fact, the estate began specializing in wine only after World War II, when estate bottling was initiated. Armand Baur graduated from the Dijon Oenology faculty and took over from his father Charles at the beginning of the 1980s, and the estate is now run by young Arnaud Baur, who trained in Toulouse with stages in Tokaji, Hungary and Anderson Valley, California. The estate specializes in Crémant production, but makes a very solid range of Alsace dry and sweet wines." (02/2019)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2021 | Send Email
This is currently my pick for best deal on Riesling in the store. It has the perfect amount of bottle age where interesting savory notes of petrol, almonds and smoke start to peek out past the bright, concentrated fruit. The beautiful phenolic texture of the warm weather region balances perfectly with the zingy acidity of the vintage. It is difficult to find Grand Cru French pedigree at a price this low. Don't miss it!

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