We’re in Alsace with friends who are new to Alsace and wine appreciation. Yesterday, we took them to Eguisheim, and a visit to Bruno Sorg.
Utterly reliable as ever across the range. We stuck to trying two wines from each variety at different quality levels - classique , and vieille vigne or Grand Cru - to try to show them the differences that appear by only changing one variable at a time. We both walked away with half a case of the Pinot Gris Vielle Vigne 2017 at 10€/bottle, which made us very happy
Our friends are very keen cyclists, but one of them is recovering from a cracked hip, so today with better weather we planned a leisurely cycle ride down the route du vin. Post-lunch, the husband suggested riding up Haut Koenigsbourg (so much for recovery from injury), which made the whole thing more strenuous than expected. Clearly a need for proper food and wine in the evening, to recover.
I cooked a chicken in riesling and cream, with bacon and mushrooms, spaetzle and braised chicory. We drank the Sancerre and a good amount of the sylvaner before the meal. The Sancerre was pretty classic - blackcurrant leaves, grass and gooseberries, and a nice flinty backbone. Friends bought it from Super U - it’s available from Waitrose. The sylvaner from Ernest Burn is a great combination of freshness and roundness, with green apples mingling with bitter almonds and a balance to the residual sugar making it very easy to drink. The Mittnacht Frères Muehlforst Riesling 2013 was a rather serious wine - while it was notably mineral, the overwhelming impression is still of youthful lemon and lime zestiness, despite its age. It’s got a long way to run, but is very enjoyable now.