2014 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Laurence

Year: 2014
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$36.95

"Sourced from the bottom of the Altenbourg and the Furstentum Grand Cru, the 2014 Gewurztraminer Cuvée Laurence yielded not more than 15 hectoliter per hectare because of drosophila suzukii. The wine starts discreet on the nose and reveals the purity of granite soils combined with the more aromatic fruit of the Furstentum. Very delicate, filigreed and sweet on the palate, but also deep and complex in the elegant flow, with a crisp and salty finish. Bottled 10 days before I tasted it at the end of June this year." (WA)

"Bright lemon-yellow. Pure aromas of musky lime, mango and sweet herbs are lifted by a spicy note. Juicy and intense, with plenty of fresh acidity enlivening the flavors of tropical fruits, lime and cinnamon; some smoky botrytis provides another dimension. Finishes long but a little hard, with a mineral element. Neither especially fat nor oily, this graceful wine is made from grapes grown on the lower slopes of the Altenbourg." (VM)

"Very subtle hints of jasmine and ripe Valencia orange skin gently perfume this soft, subtle, ethereal wine. Gentle sweetness adds to the charm and creates a dreamy mirage of fruit and scent—what lightness of touch. This wine is best savored slowly so every shade of fruit and blossom is encountered and enjoyed." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The rich, rose-scented, spicy Gewurztraminers from Domaine Weinbach are among the finest in the world. Ranging in style from the slightly sweet, rich and powerful Altenbourg Cuvée Laurence, to the stunning, full-bodied, off-dry Grand Cru Furstentum Cuvée Laurence, these are rich yet elegant wines with great aromatic complexity.

In exceptional years, when the harvest reaches extreme ripeness, the Fallers produce opulent sweet wines from late harvest grapes, the stunning “Vendanges Tardives”, the exotic and nectar-like “Selections de Grains Nobles”, and the fabulously rich “Cuvée d’Or Quintessence de Grains Nobles”.