Paul Blanck Riesling is pretty stunning. Easy to enjoy from the first pour, it will happily sit open for at least 3 nights without showing signs of deteriorating. Flavours of mandarine, mango, lime, floral, chalk, blueberry. The palate is dry and silken, showing anise, herbal, stoney notes. To me, Paul Blanck Riesling is the best value Riesling you’ll get out of Alsace. It has potential to age for the long, long term too.
The Blanck family has been in Alsace since the late 16th century and in the wine business in Kientzheim since the early 19th. Their wines are a rarity in Alsace in the way that they offer supreme quality, great ability to age and good value. In particular, their work with Riesling is outstanding but they make a Pinot Blanc that is just too good to be from the variety.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find wonderful Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
Currently, a French territory after coming under German rule twice during the wars. Therefore, the Alsatians tend to think of themselves as being from Alsace first. Their language, culture and wines are all somewhat removed from the rest of the world. For instance, when it comes to aromatic whites no one can compare. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris to name but a few all excel in this cold border region. Some wines can be expensive for the quality but the production quantities mean there are still many bargains to be had.