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Josmeyer : Riesling Grand cru "Hengst" 2009

Alsace - White Josmeyer Josmeyer 2009 F315/09
  • Parker : 90
Wine Advocate-Parker :
While most of the Josmeyer wines of this vintage were bottled already in Spring, their 2009 Riesling Hengst was slow to ferment (descending to two grams residual sugar, though) and got bottled in June. (This having been June of that by now infamous year practically without summer, 2010, there was no need to worry about vinous misbehavior on account of warm weather.) There is an impressive balance of oily richness with chalky, stony minerality and of almost decadent musk melon and pineapple with an invigorating bite of cress and huckleberry. The combination of exuberant juiciness with mouthwatering salinity and strong stony minerality are rare for the vintage and almost entirely belie this wine's 14.2% alcohol. In usual fashion, this will probably not be released for several years, but while I expect it will be well worth following for at least a decade and might gain in complexity, I still think it would be a shame not to enjoy some of it û like most 2009s û in its youth. (Plus, its alcohol might catch up with it.)
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
While most of the Josmeyer wines of this vintage were bottled already in Spring, their 2009 Riesling Hengst was slow to ferment (descending to two grams residual sugar, though) and got bottled in June. (This having been June of that by now infamous year practically without summer, 2010, there was no need to worry about vinous misbehavior on account of warm weather.) There is an impressive balance of oily richness with chalky, stony minerality and of almost decadent musk melon and pineapple with an invigorating bite of cress and huckleberry. The combination of exuberant juiciness with mouthwatering salinity and strong stony minerality are rare for the vintage and almost entirely belie this wine's 14.2% alcohol. In usual fashion, this will probably not be released for several years, but while I expect it will be well worth following for at least a decade and might gain in complexity, I still think it would be a shame not to enjoy some of it û like most 2009s û in its youth. (Plus, its alcohol might catch up with it.)
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