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Domaine Valentin Zusslin Riesling Clos Liebenbergtext

Domaine Valentin Zusslin Riesling Clos Liebenberg 2018

Alsace, FranceEstablished in 1691 by M. Jodocus Cisle (former name of Zusslin), Domaine Valentin Zusslin is now run by two generations of the Zusslin family. The winery is based in Orschwihr, south of Colmar, and the vines are planted on the slopes of the Bollenberg, Clos Liebenberg and Grand Cru Pfingstberg. Since 1997, the estate has been run biodynamically. The domaine owns the monopole Clos Liebenberg: a group of plots of almost 4 ha, located on top of the Pfingstberg hill, around 380m. The Clos is surrounded by wild hedges, stone walls, and forest. The nose is enveloped with white truffle and white honey, leading you into crushed flint and stones, roasted nuts, and an evident oxidative character, due no doubt to time in older wood. This is woven with white peach, pear skin, and fine spice, evolving into a lingering salinity on the finish. Certainly distinctive, and about place (not fruit), allow this wine time to open up and reveal itself.Tasted: 10 March 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Domaine Valentin ZusslinGrape: Riesling