TOUR­ING THE VINE­YARDS

France - - Wine -

Do­maine Ostertag 87 Rue Finkwiller 67680 Ep­fig Tel: (Fr) 3 88 85 51 34 Choice wine: Ries­ling Grand Cru Muench­berg. Taste: Ini­tially closed on the nose (I tasted a still youth­ful 2012), with huge min­eral con­cen­tra­tion on the palate; am­ple, soft fruit at­tack, with a nervy, saline fin­ish. Drink with: Poul­try or fish cooked in ex­ot­i­cally spiced sauce. Price at the es­tate: €35. Also visit: Do­maine Ri­ef­fel 11 Rue Prin­ci­pale 67140 Mit­tel­bergheim Tel: (Fr) 3 88 08 95 48 Choice wine: Syl­vaner Grand Cru Zotzen­berg. Taste: In 2005, Zotzen­berg be­came the first grand cru to lend its name to the syl­vaner grape, which pro­duces par­tic­u­larly ripe, min­eral lemon-scented wines from this ter­roir.

Do­maine Marc Krey­den­weiss

12 Rue De­harbe 67140 And­lau Tel: (Fr) 3 88 08 95 83 krey­den­weiss.com

Choice wine: Ries­ling Grand Cru Kastel­berg. Taste: Grown on the schist slopes that rise from And­lau, the ries­ling makes tight, min­eral wines that can age for up to 20 years.

Willy Gis­sel­brecht

5 Route du Vin 67650 Dam­bach-la-ville Tel: (Fr) 3 88 92 41 02 vins-gis­sel­brecht.com Choice wine: Gewürz­traminer Grand Cru Frankstein. Taste: Ex­otic aro­mas of ap­ple com­pote, honey, melon and mango. Made in a medium-sweet style; a great match for sweet and sour sauces.

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