Steve Gaucher from Wine Adventures dropped off some samples that M., Irish T and I went through Monday:
Emile Boeckel Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant d’Alsace NV. Grade=Meh. Has some hints of apple pie, lemon/lime and mineral but turns to a scorched apple turnover from McDonald’s in the glass.
Boeckel Pinot Gris Alsace 2011. Grade=Okay. Notes of Lemonheads®, dandelion greens and burnt lemongrass with a bit of petrol on the finish.
Boeckel Pinot Blanc Reserve 2010. Grade=Good. Lean mineral notes with hints of acacia, lime, honeydew and blanched almonds.
Boeckel Riesling Alsace 2011. Grade=Good. Perfumy with crisp pear, lime, lemon peel and mineral. I like this but it’s not for everybody.
Boeckel Riesling Wiebelsberg Grand Cru 2009. Grade=Very Good. Citrus notes followed up by passionfruit, gravel, flint and golden cherries. Very nice.
Boeckel Gewurtztraminer Alsace 2011. Grade=Very Good. Floral in the nose with lychee, petrol, mineral and lime notes.
Marrenon Chardonnay Viognier Private Gallery Terroir d’Altitude 2011. Grade=Meh. Has a strange herbal character mixed up with lemon, quince and petrol.
Marrenon Grande Touque Luberon Blanc 2011. Grade=Okay. White flower, chalk, lime peel, almond paste and white grapefruit.
Domaine Pierre Fil Le Fil Rouge Pays d’OC 2011. Grade=Very Good. Red flowers, cherries, mulberry, and earth notes – a pretty decent quaff.
Domaine Tour Boisee Cabernet Sauvignon Ma Vigne 2011. Grade=Very Good. Candied black fruits, pepper, cocoa, this is a fleshy, Cali-styled Cab from France.
Domaine Tour Boisee Superbe Mariage Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon France 2011. Grade=Meh. Bitter fruit, blood orange, twigs and an odd dash of dried basil. Just weird.