Domaine Allimant-Laugner, Gewürztraminer, 2017, Alsace, France
£22.75 (inc VAT)
Lemon & rose Turkish Delight, lychee & souk spices. Decadence bottled.
Great Alsace Gewürztraminer is one of the wine world's true originals. Like the great white shark this immense wine is perfect, with the sleek lines it has never had to evolve, worry about fashion or its position in the pecking order. Sure some people are scared of it, but the real trailblazers always walk a solitary path. Rich, plump, fragrant and unctuous, this is 100% bottle decadence.
Nicolas Laugner's winery is a real family winery. Grandma Allimant married Grandpa Laugner giving the winery its name, but in fact the family has 12 generations of winemakers. They farm 12 hectares in Orschwiller, Northern Alsace, from which they make an incredible 15 different wines, so this is super boutique stuff. They only employ two part-time employees, Nicolas, his Mum, Dad and dog (a little white fluffy ball called Falka). Their wines are all vegan, fermented in stainless steel using only natural yeast and cultivated in a sustainable manner.