Domaine Allimant-Laugner Praelatenberg Grand Cru Riesling, 2016, Alsace, France
£31.75 (inc VAT)
As defined and precise as Pythagoras? Theorem: a2 + b2 = Praelatenberg Riesling?
This is wine school. This Riesling is as defined, precise and reliable as Pythagoras' Theorem. It has reams of history; the Praelatenberg parcel near the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle has been home to grapevines since the year 823AD. Its geology - granite, quartz and volcanic crystal-based soils - gives it an elegance and minerality rarely surpassed at this price range. And if you want a bit of Home Ec, then it is hard to imagine a more gastronomically friendly wine. Go on, teach your taste buds a lesson.
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.