The chalk dominant Mendelberg is an early ripener due to its SSE exposure. This one is what Jean-Christophe refers to as his most extroverted wine. Yummo. 16g/l residual sugar, 6.9 g/l acidity, 13.7% alcohol. 170 cases made, from 15-50 year old vines. Food pairings: fish terrines, roasted fish, grilled lobster, quenelles de brochet in a miso sauce.
“The area of this vineyard is over 33 hectares at about 220 to 270 metres altitude, facing south-southeast. The soil has chalk with magnesium and chalk in stones, which give the wine a fine smooth, supple acidity.” -Bott-Geyl website
“Straw yellow. Complex, expressive nose offers yellow peach, grapefruit peel, lemon curd and menthol. Very sweet, round and full in the mouth, but the soft peachy flavor is nicely lifted by a complicating note of lemon peel. Finishes supple and long, with a very clean limey sweetness. Call me impressionable, but I can swear I also detected an almond note on the finish as well (the Mandelberg gets its name from the presence of very cold-sensitive almond trees that manage to thrive here, as this is one of the first places in the area where the snow melts. Superripeness of grapes is easy here, so 12 to 30 grams per liter of residual sugar in this wine is not uncommon. Bott refers to it as his most extroverted wine.” 92+ points Ian d’Agata