Rolly Gassmann Riesling 2009, Alsace, France
We are great fans of the single variety wines from the picture postcard region of Alsace in north eastern France. Bizarrely for a region in the otherwise cold dark north eastern corner of the country, Alsace is actually the second driest and sunniest region in the entire country, protected by the Vosge Mountains which create a rain shadow. This means that unlike their Teutonic counterparts from over the border, these wines are medium to full bodied, dry and with normal levels of alcohol. No 8.5% fairies here my lord. The wines are typically steel or old oak barrel fermented with no barrel aging, and are all about exemplifying the character of the grape. Rolly Gassmann has roots dating back to 1661 and produce exemplary wines. This Riesling is no exception with a nose of lime, slate and a touch of petrol, dry, full and complex on the palate.