Rand’s pick: Al­sace ‘Catholic’ wine styles

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Jean- Bap­tiste Adam, Ries­ling Grand Cru Ka­ef­fer­kopf 2014 95

£ 33.95 El­lis Wines Dry, in­tense and pow­er­ful, with orange peel and herbal notes – mint, even fen­nel. Shows beau­ti­ful poise, with fi­nesse and el­e­gance al­lied to con­cen­tra­tion. Drink 20182035 Al­co­hol 13%

Meyer- Fonné , Ries­ling Grand Cru Wi­neck-Schloss­berg 2014

95 £ 25.90 Your Som­me­lier Enor­mous length and great ten­sion and con­cen­tra­tion com­bined, on a pow­er­ful wine that boasts drive and en­ergy, while also man­ag­ing to feel light and al­most del­i­cate. Won­der­fully aro­matic and nervy. Drink 2018-2035 Alc 13%

Wein­bach, Ries­ling Grand Cru Schloss­berg 2016

94 £ 28 Jus­terini & Brooks Rich and dry; fo­cused, very di­rect. Peach and pear, quite flo­ral, per­fectly de­fined and very pre­cise. It’s the gran­ite soil that gives this wine its typ­i­cal flo­ral notes, ap­par­ently. Drink 2018-2035 Alc 13.5%

Zind- Hum­brecht, Ries­ling Grand Cru Ran­gen de Thann 2015

94 £66 Farr Vint­ners, Fine & Rare, Goed­huis & Co Big and op­u­lent, silky tex­ture, very alive and en­er­getic. A touch of man­darin and a touch of earth. Off-dry. Drink 2018-2030 Alc 13%

Paul Blanck, Pater­garten Pinot Gris 2014

91 N/A UK www. blanck.com Sweet­ish and lush, aro­mas of roses and Turk­ish De­light; in­tense, pre­cise, good acid­ity. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 13.5%

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