Willm Riesling AOC and Clos Gaensbroennel Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Alsace, France


Let’s take a little trip to the Alsace. On the first stop this 2009 bottle Riesling from Alsatian producer Willm shines with golden tones and smells of citrus. I really like how the taste follows up from smell on this wine as the taste takes that citrus flavour and mixes it with flower petal elegance. It tastes kinda like the flower on an orange smells.

The 2007 Gewurztraminer by Clos Gaensbroennel may come from the same region, but it is a different animal. Far from being beastly, this wine pours lighter and smells of latex. The sweetness bursts out, from what I understand the wine was treated to some batonnage and the fruit of that labour is sharp fruit flavours.

Musical Matches: Camille Saint-Saens Swan movement from The Carnival of the Animals. This piece has the prettiness and the delicatesse Willm Riesling. Both the wine and music feature great beauty between the notes.

For the Clos Gaensbroennel Gweurztraminer the “beat” of the is much more punchy, with that sweet side. I have included a few of the new generation sweet, retro jazz female vocalists like Emilie-Claire Barlow and Meaghan Smith on this blog before. Let’s go old school with a very sweet Dinah Washingon singing “Teach Me Tonight.”  Her innocent and sweet voice jumps out from the background like the wine bursts.

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