Bott Geyl Riesling "Lieu-dit" Garfenreben 2013

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"(JS=95) This is a powerful white with a dense and rich palate of dried lemon zest and lemon curd with cream, but then it pops with acidity and intensity. Great wine. Try it. (RP=91) From a very gentle, southeast-facing slope on calcareous marl soils in Zellenberg, the late ripening 2013 Riesling Grafenreben was picked, as always very late, when the grapes' color turns to pink. Also a little bit of botrytis is accepted here. The wine starts deep, intense and aromatic on the nose, indicating a rather coolish and spicy character with lemon and chalky/nutty notes. Full-bodied and rich but also pure, fresh and very clear, this age-worthy Riesling is quite powerful but also finesse-full and provided with a very nice tannin structure and a lingering salinity. Still young but more charming at the moment as the Schlossberg Grand Cru. (AG=91+) Bright, gold-tinged yellow. Very complex aromas and flavors of fresh citrus, stone fruits and botanical herbs complicated by sweet lime and chamomile notes. Juicy and multilayered, with a long, tactile, pure finish. This strikes me as one of the better Grafenrebens I have tasted in some time. Although the Grafenburg is a prolongation of the famous Schoenenbourg grand cru, it is characterized by light yellow clay-calcareous soil, while the Schoenenbourg soils are darker and made up of Keuper marl and gypsum, with Muschelkalk, calcaire and Vosges sandstone, so the wines from the two sites couldnŠ—Èt be more different."