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René Muré Clos St. Landelin Riesling 2012

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The Clos St Landelin Grand Cru, is one of the great viticultural sites for the expressiveness and exotic power of Alsace’s noble varieties. This monopole of the Domaine is farmed bio-dynamically allowing the vineyard to produce grapes which are concentrated and rich with beautifully mineral acidities. 

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Origin:
France, Alsace
Vintage:
2012
Alcohol:
13.5%
Volume:
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 100% Riesling
Colour:
White
Certifications:
Organic
Details:
René Muré Clos St. Landelin Riesling Grand Cru 2012
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When Michel Muré settles in Rouffach and plants his vineyard in the 17th century, he surely has little conception of the beautiful adventure that he is setting in motion for his descendants…

In 1935, Alfred Muré extends the property with the addition of the 12-hectare (25-acre) wholly owned Clos St Landelin, foreseeing already its potential for exceptional quality. He replants the terraces, ideally situated with their sunny exposure and shelter from the rain.

Nowadays it is Alfred’s grandson René, together with his children Véronique and Thomas, the 11th and 12th generations of the family, who are responsible for running this exceptional, wholly-owned vineyard and its neighbouring terroirs, using biodynamic methods.

Estate is totaly cultivated in organic vinegrowing.

The Clos St Landelin

In the 7th century this vineyard belonged to the Bishopric of Strasbourg. A bishop in the 8th century donated it to the Saint Landelin Abbey. According to the deeds of the time these vines were «chosen from among the best in Alsace». The Muré family bought this vineyard in 1935.  The vineyard covers 29.5 acres and is situated at the southern end of the Grand Cru Vorbourg. Its steep south facing slopes are cultivated in terraces. The soil is clay and limestone with a lot of stones. The subsoil is made of calcareous sandstone from the Bajocien and calcareous conglomerates from the Oligocene.The plantations are made according to the soil and the sun-exposure: riesling at the bottom of the hillside, gewurztraminer and muscat at the middle, pinot gris on the south-west, pinot noir on the plateau and sylvaner on the south-east.

The wines are deep and elegant, with marked fruit aromas. They are long-keeping wines, which can age to a long time. Due to the advantageous situation, the grapes have early maturity, and the Clos St Landelin produces regularly “Vendanges Tardives” and “Sélections de Grains Nobles” of high quality.

Gewurztraminer and Pinot-noir grapes from the Clos St Landelin are also used to elaborate Eaux-de-Vie de Marcs.

"Riesling at its imperious best. Complex intense honeyed fruit with a steely backbone."  -John Wilson, The Irish Times. 8 August 2015

"So intense and concentrated, this wine epitomizes the essence of Riesling. Steely, tight, very nervy, and bone dry, it is packed with flavors of citrus, orange zest, grapefruit, and green apple skins. The texture of this young wine is beautifully crisp. Drink from 2016."  94 points, Wine Enthusiast, March 2014

Rich, full-bodied an"d weighty, its residual sugar balanced by lively acidity. Very concentrated, structured and long." 18/20.  - Stephen Brook, Decanter Magazine, June 2013
 
"Gold-tinged straw. Spicy vanillin and floral notes jump from the glass, complementing an aroma of white peach. Then very fresh, almost tart, with lime and lemon flavors offering excellent intensity. The slightly austere, mineral-driven finish is marked by citrus notes and a hint of lavender, with a strongly saline note at the back buffering the impression of high acidity. It’s clear that this riesling comes from a more gravelly soil than the Vorbourg."   92+ points,  -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, December 2012
 
"Firm acidity is almost lip-smacking, but shows lovely integration with the notes of tangerine, passion fruit, fresh quince and smoke, with a minerally salinity and a refined, silky texture. Drink now through 2025."  93 points,  -Wine Spectator, November 2012

"This producer is making purer and purer wines. This one is still very youthful with crystalline acidity in evidence but there is enough fruit to convince me all will come very well eventually. Very pure and well etched. Very promising." 17/20.  -Jancis Robinson, July 2012


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