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Stéphane Berg 'Cuvée Exceptionelle' Gewurztraminer 2015

Alsace, France

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Alluring nose of apricot and honey with a porcine, oily palate that is round, generous and emphatically fruity. Lychee, mango and cream are evident, too, in this distinctive white. Succulent and rich, without ever being cloying. Great character and balance.

Enjoy on its own, with stinky, soft cheeses, spicy lobster curry or lighter desserts.

Gewurztraminer is a pink-skinned, punchy variety that hails originally from Germany's Pfalz. Though of high quality, it doesn't age so well (mainly because of its low acidity) - so it is advised to consume within a year or two of purchase. With 17 grams of residual sugar per litre, Cave d'Orschwiller's example is made in an off-dry style (which is common for a grape that ripens so willingly). Almost 1-in-5 Alsatian bottles are Gewurztraminer.
Alsace is a mostly-white region whose trademarks include: varying sweetness levels, oak-free winemaking, varietal labeling and Germanic-looking 'flute' bottles (which must be used by law). One of France's easier appellations to understand, the vast majority of Alsace's wines fall into the generous AC Alsace category. Generally speaking, the wines are loved by the wine trade and press but kept at arm's length by a wary public.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Style: Rich, opulent, exotic
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2020

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