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2016 Domaine Valentin Zusslin Riesling Clos Liebenberg

ITEM 8578453 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Amount Total
$35
Item Sold Amount Date
I8646553 3 $30 Jan 15, 2023
I8644539 1 $31 Jan 15, 2023
I8581252 1 $35 Dec 11, 2022
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RATINGS

93James Suckling

This has very attractively fresh and poised lime aromas with a steely and gently spicy edge, too. The palate has a very rich, yellow-fruit layer with some chalky mineral-tinged citrus below.

92The Wine Advocate

...shows intense yet pure and elegant fruit aromas of crushed stones (limestone notes again) and dried apricots and mirabelles with a piquant terroir. On the palate, this is a medium-bodied and rather creamy, less tensioned Riesling compared to 2015 and even 2014. The wine is delicate and reveals a certain mineral grip and salinity...

REGION

France, Alsace

Alsace in northeastern France is so close to Germany that the wines of Alsace and Germany are often confused. Both are typically sold in distinctive, slim, long-necked bottles, and are made from the same grapes. Alsace has never officially been a part of Germany, though it was occupied by the German military in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wine writer Hugh Johnson has noted that despite German influences, Alsace’s “soul is entirely French. Alsace makes Germanic wines in the French way.” In contrast to German wines, Alsace wines generally are very dry, with a higher alcohol content and riper, more scented fruit. Alsace has 33,000 acres of vineyards, many of them in the picturesque foothills of the Vosges Mountains. The grapes of the region are Sylvaner, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is also grown, though it is mainly used for Rosé wines. Alsace’s most admired wines are its Rieslings, which since 1985 may be designated as Grand Crus. Some 50 vineyards in the region have been classified as Grand Crus, and are allowed to use the appellation on their labels. Unlike all other French winemaking regions, Alsace labels are varietal, meaning that a wine made of Riesling, for example, is called Riesling. Official Alsace appellations include Cremant d’Alsace for sparkling wines.

TYPE

White Wine, Riesling

This white variety originated in Germany. It’s known for its strong flowery aromas and high acidity. Please note Rieslings can have dramatic differences as the grape can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines.