2014 Domaine Bruno Sorg Riesling Alsace France
Alsace is a thin, narrow region found on the border of Germany. For a long time during its history it was actually part of Germany, resulting in a distinct culture and feel, which is more Alsace than French. They are a white wine region, with Riesling in all its glory as the star. This is one of my favourite regions and I was fortunate to visit there a number of years ago and it lived up to its reputation as the Disneyland of Wine regions. Tiny medieval villages’ dot the country side with their cobble stoned streets and thatched roofs, combining with vineyards which snake down the hillsides to their back doors. The wines are bloody good, with this region battling it out with the Mosel for the producers of the best Riesling in the world
Domaine Bruno Sorg was a new producer for me, and after a bit of research I was surprised to discover it has been around since 1965. Young by Alsace standards but pretty ancient from where we come from. They have recently started down the Organic route of farming and the quality has never been better
2014 was a great vintage in Alsace and we were over joyed when we were offered this parcel of wine with a bit of age. Lime and green apples explode off the nose and palate, and you have these lovely toasted, honeyed characters which are now starting to come to the forefront. This is a wine that you will want to savour in a nice big glass and explore the different aromas and flavours that seem to change from moment to moment.
A great wine from a great region, from a producer on the rise
At 4 years in the bottle this wine is in the zone now, but can still be safely cellared for the next 2years, but I will be drinking my bottles over the next 3-6 months (or 3-4 weeks)
You don’t want to over chill this wine. Enjoy it at 8°C with all manner of seafood (poached, grilled, smoked, marinated or in creamy sauces), or at the start of a meal as an aperitif where it would be perfect with goat or sheep cheese. It is also just amazing with most Asian dishes, and almost any Thai home delivery – Uber Eats – eat your heart out!