Golden yellow, bright and clear.
Whoever wants to make the 2011 Clos Saint Urban Riesling from the Rangen de Thann talk today would have had to put it in the carafe on the cellar stairs three days ago. Otherwise it comes across as massive and closed, not prattling on in fruit or primary aromas that lull the drinker to sleep. It simply exists. Whether you accompany it or not, it doesn't seem to want anything, and yet it's tremendous. The wine is more emotion, stringing flavors together at this point would be simply foolish.
On the palate, the wine is as powerful as in the nose. Pressive and firm, with an enormous minerality, carried by its vibrant acidity. Complex and dense, no taste, a feeling, gripping, like a firm handshake, only on the palate. The fruit plays a secondary role at the moment, the minerality is present and the structure firm, punchy and with high internal tension, as if the wine wants to burst. One should carry a lot of it into the cellar to bridge the time until drinking maturity.
Food recommendations from Sebastian BordthÃ¤user
- Baked pumpkin with sage and amarettini in open raviolo
- Pike perch on caramelized apple sauerkraut with bacon and mashed potatoes
- Partridge from the oven with savoy cabbage and porcini mushrooms and light sauce