In a nutshell: Exemplary rich, dry and complex Alsace Grand Cru Riesling.
The lowdown: Probably one of the bargain's of our range. Alsatian Grand Cru wines are pretty much one of the best value wines of offer, the sheer quality on offer for the price is remarkable. Here we have one of Europe's finest co-operatives in Turckheim and their 2018 Riesling from the Grand Cru vineyard of Brand that sits overlooking the village of Turckheim itself a few miles to the east of the picturesque town of Colmar. Brand is one of the sunniest of the Grand Crus takes its name from the German for 'fire' where legend has it a battle took place between the sun and a dragon and in the following Spring this vineyard sprang up from the scorched earth. Hot and dry conditions lead to ripe grapes full of flavour with a finesse and balance.
Intense, complex aromas of ripe citrus and pear fruits with touches of petrol, white pepper and exotic spice. The palate is dry, broad and rich with citrus, grapefruit and pineapple notes with subtle hints of something smoky and saline and a definite minerally, steely, long finish.
When to drink: Drink now though will keep into the mid-2020s. Perfect pairing for rich pork or cheese dishes, or try with sushi or mildly spiced Asian cuisine.
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim is situated to the north west of Colmar in Alsace.
Michel Lihrmann has been the senior winemaker for over 25 years and his style of dryer wines has been a huge hit, expressing the wonderful breadth of the Alsatian terroir and grape varieties while pushing pure fruit flavours to the fore. The winery is modern and produces up to 10 million bottles per year across an extensive range, from the excellent value Cave Tradition range up to individual Grand Cru varietals as well as Crémants d'Alsace and Vendange Tardive dessert and organic wines.