Charles Baur Cuvee Charles Riesling 2011 Front Label
Charles Baur Cuvee Charles Riesling 2011 Front Label

Charles Baur Cuvee Charles Riesling 2011

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep yellow-gold color with light green tints. The bouquet has a floral and citrus fruit character. The palate is fresh and crisp with jammy lime and grapefruit flavors. The wine is dry, well balanced and bodied, with a long finish.

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An aromatic wine with great depth, this is complex and concentrated. It brings out a great tangy, zesty, steely character that has freshness as well as richness in equal measure. White fruits and red currants leave a crisp, taut aftertaste. Editors' Choice.
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Charles Baur, France
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Located in Eguisheim, in the heart of the Alsace wine region and 5km south of Colmar, the Charles Baur Estate consists of 17 hectares of vines situated on the finest slopes of Eguisheim and its immediate vicinity. Several of the vineyards are Grand Cru Brand, Eichberg or Pfersigberg vineyards. In order to produce great wines, the focus is on low volume yields. All of the grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. To ensure high quality, wines are produced exclusively with the grapes from their own vineyards. The family produces the whole range of Alsace wines and a large variety of Grands Crus and Crémants d’Alsace. They also produce "Eaux de Vie" with the fruit from their own orchards.
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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsace Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsace wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.

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