Allimant-Laugner Riesling, 2016, Alsace, France
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Real family winery that produces this joyful Riesling. Lemon juice, lemon curd & white flowers.
Startlingly refreshing, it is the drinking equivalent of a whip crack close to your ear, like a lemon-packed cluster bomb in the mouth that instantly prompts the mouth to water in need of another swig. This dry Riesling is cracking value for money. And it will develop that stunning nutty petrol note over the next five years.
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.