"The flinty overtones of reduction still inform the nose and palate. On the body, they are interrupted by incredibly zesty concentration that unites ripe rich hints of lemon oil and fresh ripe zest. This is taut but juicy, toned but generous. The finish is lip-smackingly fresh and beautifully dry. The lemon-zest notes keep lingering." Drink now through 2030. ANNE KREBIEHL MW


On the first approach, Wiebelsberg wines often produce a sensation of softness before going on to unveil their full character. A straightforward, direct and often rough acidity elegantly unravels and so typical of sandstone. The substance is usually generous and vivacious. A subtle almost contained length but a virtually interminable salinity.


This elegant minerality is expressed in all grape varieties. Each one expresses its individual aromatic note on the middle mouth. Riesling expresses its natural pallet of citrus fruits whereas Muscat bursts forth with its fruity character. Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer generously reveal their fruity virtues. Then everything disappears, allowing the minerality of this cru to dominate the finish.

Boeckel Riesling Wibelsberg, Alsace Grand Cru, France, 2015