Muller-Koeberlé – Renard 2021
Gloeckelberg, Alsace, France
Six days macerated Gewurztraminer with 12 months ageing in one-century old oak barrels. Aromas of orange zest, lychee and ripe melon, hand in hand with roses and acacia blossom.
The attack is a perfect punch of racy acidity and notes of cinnamon, white pepper and distant thyme whiff stretching to a supreme mineral endless finish.
Hell’s enjoyable, playful and enlightening wine.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
This outstanding Gloeckelberg wine was up to last year classified as Grand Cru.
The AOC, actually INAO-French organisation regulating agricultural products with Protected Designations of Origin, withdrew the Grand Cru designation because the wine is now deemed “too cloudy”.
Should we see this as commendation?
That will surely be the case for most of the guests in our shop, but on the other hand it is a pity that the controlling institutions, the Style Police as Simon J Woolf calls them, don’t see that natural winemaking as a movement and concept is much more than a hype, actually a giant leap forward to sustainable, environmental friendly agriculture.
Nevertheless, also very important, those wines just taste superior and are better for your body and soul.