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"A forgotten local grape variety to be rediscovered!"
”Magic” is not frequently associated with the Chasselas grape - and there’s no genie in this bottle, but something special is happening inside this one. Uncork a bottle and taste what’s going on. Pale dark gold, with sliced quince and stony scents on the nose, somewhere on the way on the palate there is a touch of salinity - and it all ends up, in another sip! Mouthwatering juice from grapes.
Tasting notes: Pale dark gold, with sliced quince and stony scents on the nose, mouthwatering on the palate there is a touch of salinity - and it all ends up in another sip!
93 / 100 Parker
From 40-year-old vines in a lieu-dit at the bottom of the Clos Liebenberg on Vosges sandstone soils covered with sandy silt, the 2018 Chasselas Wolfhag represents a now extremely rare variety in Alsace that was once widely planted, like Sylvaner, until several decades ago. The 2018 shows a delicately fruity bouquet intertwined with terroir-driven, slightly flinty notes and a lovely layer of yeast, thanks to the élevage of 11 months on the lees (in concrete tank). The palate shows an intense yet vital and playful Chasselas with round and charming fruit and a dense, mineral character overall. This is a well-balanced white wine with a long and complex finish. A stunner with fine tannins and a long, aromatic but structured aftertaste. 13% alcohol. Tasted in May 2020. Stephen Reinhardt
92 / 100 James Suckling
Truly remarkable wine for the ugly-duckling grape of Alsace! I love the bouquet of summer meadows and dried flowers. Lots of creamy textural complexity and some gentle tannins that provide a nice counterpoint. impressive length, in spite of the moderate acidity.
Established in 1691 by M. Jodocus CISLE (former name of Zusslin), Domaine Valentin ZUSSLIN is now run by two generations of the Zusslin family who are following in the footsteps of their forbears. 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 in its entirety according to the principles of Bio-Dynamic culture. The vines are mainly worked by hand and a significant amount of time is devoted to caring for the soil.
Awarded the Robert Parker Green emblem in July 2021.
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