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Turckheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace Grand Cru
$55.00 per Bottle
"The 2004 Riesling Brand displays apricot, apricot kernel, almond extract, lily of the valley and salt spray in the nose. Apricot and salts dominate on an almost chewy, dense palate that suggests the relative austerity and obvious sense of mineral density on display here is a function of the vintage. Salted apricot, piquant nuttiness, and saline and flint-like minerality inform a long finish. I would wait a couple of years before re-visiting it and not hesitate to cellar for up to 8-10 years in total.
The domaine of Albert Boxler - where son Jean has been calling the shots for several years now - has long exhibited a consistency and quality that very few other wineries in France - much less Alsace - can equal, and that is demonstrated not just by their superb results with "noble" varieties in less than easy vintages, but already at the ostensibly "low end" of the varietal spectrum, where one can only wish there were more estates rendering wines of such delicious distinction. (Inexplicably, Boxler did not offer me a taste of his Chasselas or his Muscat - both of which can often be outstanding of their sort - and after this occurred to me, I was too pressed for time to make up for the omission at the end of our session.)" David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #175
Drink from: 2008-2018
"Medium yellow, a bit deeper than the Reserve. Perfumed, ineffable aromas of nectarine, lemon and spring flowers, with distinctive granitic lift. Firmly built and more youthfully austere than the Reserve, with subtle notes of nutmeg, mint and minerals. Offers an enticing sugar/acid balance and more finesse than usual for Brand." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com