2015 Leon Beyer Gewurztraminer

Year: 2015
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 86
Vinous Media: 86
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$22.95

"A dry, light- to medium-bodied Gewürztraminer, with a waxy edge to the flavors of mandarin orange peel, melon and verbena. Clean-cut and minerally on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 5,833 cases made, 50 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"The 2015 Gewurztraminer has a clear and open, spicy, mineral and floral bouquet that indicates a very nice purity. Piquant and well structured on the palate, this is a bone dry and slightly bitter wine with spicy flavors and good vitality. There is even a relation to Sauvignon Blanc, although I would not lay my hands in fire for this remark. But the wine has a very good phenolic grip. The grapes for this wine are picked in the middle of the harvest, so rather early.

In December, Marc and Yann Beyer presented me another impressive range of wines of Léon Beyer, mainly 2015s and 2014s.

The 2015s reflect the warm and sunny vintage, and are certainly more on the powerful and fruit-intense side, but they are also well structured and not at all flabby or broad. Even the basic qualities of the classic range taste good, offering ripe fruit flavors, round and balanced textures while maintaining good freshness too. The Réserves and the Grandes Cuvées – which will be sold under the Grand Cru appellation Eichberg (Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris Comtes d'Eguisheim; Riesling R de BeyeR) and Pfersigberg (Riesling and Gewurztraminer Comtes d'Eguisheim, Gewurztraminer Réserve, Riesling Les Ecaillers) in a couple of years – are ripe, rich and powerful. They are also very concentrated and provided with a firm structure and a long, persistent finish.

The 2014s are from a cooler, pretty problematic vintage with the fruit fly suzukii threatening the red-skinned grapes such as Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer, and botrytis attacking the Rieslings. However, due to a cool summer, the acidity is really fresh but not aggressive.

All the wines of Léon Beyer are bottled pretty early, in May or June. "That's our style", says Marc Beyer:."Since all our wines are fermented and aged in traditional oak casks, we don't want to have that much evolution before the bottling. We prefer the evolution on the bottle and, as always, we want clear, fresh and aromatic wines that are perfect with food."" (WA)

"Also recommended." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Tasting notes:
An intense bouquet displays rich aromas of fruit, flowers and spices. Powerful and seductive with just a hint of sweetness over well-balanced acidity, this wine has the potential to age well. It pairs well with blue cheese and spicy cuisine from Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese.