Albert Boxler, Alsace
"If you're looking for great dry Rieslings of the world, you can't go past Domaine Albert Boxler, and there are unlikely to be better Rieslings on granite soils anywhere."
- Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
Albert Boxler er et af stjernenavnene i Alsace. Jean Boxler er ved roret og kvaliteten har aldrig været bedre fra denne fornemme adres...
All the young vines from the Sommerberg Grand Cru and one limestone parcel go int this estate 2021 Riesling. The nose is pristine and fragrant, projecting notions of crushed citrus leaf and tangerine peel. The palate is just as crisp and aromatic, taut, bright, crystalline and touched with vivid and zesty citrus - from vibrant, tart lemon to aromatic tangerine. This is bone-dry, slender, tight and dazzling. Wow. (Bone-dry) - Anne Krebiehl MW
Luminous green-tinged straw-yellow. The very mineral nose also offers notes of white flowers, ginger and fennel (the latter typical of the Dudenstein site). The calcaire soils shows off well in the mouth, juicy acidity carrying the orchard fruit and lime flavors on the long saline back end. One of the best entry-level Rieslings from Boxler in recent memory (it is released in Europe as a Riesling Reserve), perhaps because it is made with grapes from many different vineyards that would normally have gone into making other wines (in 2017, because of the hail, Boxler was left with fewer grapes and so decided to make fewer wines by blending everything together). Therefore, in 2017 this was made with grapes grown on the Pfoeller, the Dudenstein and the high part of the Sommerberg (where early-season frost hit hardest in 2017).
Bright golden-tinged straw. Mineral elements and hints of licorice complement ripe citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors. This showcases noteworthy complexity for an entry-level wine. Finishes long and nicely textured, displaying a peppery nuance on the long, smooth finish. Sneaky concentration here. Made with grapes grown on the calcaire soils of the Pfoeller (a lieu-dit reportedly destined to be upgraded to premier cru status soon) and the high part of the Sommerberg (where the granite soils can lead to water stress in drought years). Boxler makes this from vines that average slightly less than 30 years of age. - Ian D'Agata